Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City will give Liverpool a guard of honour when the two teams meet on Thursday, 2nd July, at Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a top-flight title when last season’s champions City were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea last week.
Guardiola admits that their rivals have been “exceptional” this season and that they deserve the league title.
“Of course, we are going to do it. We are going to do the guard of honour of course,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
“Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and of course we are going to do it because they deserve it.”
After missing out to City by a point last season, European champions Liverpool have been dominant this season, securing the title with a record seven games to spare, winning 28 of 31 matches.
“A team that wins eight titles (trophies) in the last three years have passion, in every single game, in every competition, everywhere. No one in this country can say that. It is so difficult to do what we have done in the most difficult league in the world but you cannot win all the time,” Guardiola added.
Before meeting Liverpool, Manchester City will today play against Newcastle United in the FA Cup quarter-final match. At the moment, only Manchester United have made it to the semifinals after edging Norwich City 2-1 on Saturday 27th June.