This weekend saw Liverpool trounce Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield. The Reds went nine points clear of the current Premier League champions and eight points clear of Leicester City and Chelsea in second and third place respectively. One of the key incidents in the game saw a bust up between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling.
The Liverpool defender was squared up to by the former Reds winger. The centre back proceeded to pick Sterling up with both hands and plant him a few yards away, causing more of a stir.
In truth, the flashpoint was a mismatch to say the least. Jürgen Klopp apparently told his 22-year-old defender he was ‘too muscular’ and needed to slim down, whilst the City winger cuts a diminutive figure.
The pair reported for international duty this week and following a further confrontation between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling, the latter has been sent home.
Liverpool fans and the rest of the sport’s Twittersphere have reacted to the incident.
This Red joked that the former Liverpool winger mustn’t have take kindly to being manhandled by Gomez.
I guess Sterling didn’t like being picked up like a rag doll by Joe Gomez 😂😂😂🤦🏽♂️ #LFC
— Rodney (@LFC_Rodney) November 12, 2019
Whilst another Kopite believes that the defender has had a profound effect on his compatriot.
Gomez broke Sterling 😂
— Si Senór (@muzziegreater) November 12, 2019
Others joked that Sterling didn’t have any backup from his City teammates.
sterling: ayo kyle aren’t you going to back me up?
kyle walker: pic.twitter.com/TlJr6yvUes
— big man joe gomez stan acc (@icedpeachtca) November 12, 2019
One Twitter user applauded the Liverpool defender for not rising to the bait.
Fair play to Gomez. He didn’t rise to Sterling’s childish games and, as a result, is still available for selection. Great maturity for such a young player.
— Matt (@FalseFMatt) November 11, 2019
This Kopite needled that their sizes are a total mismatch.
He’s bigger than Raheem, but then again so’s my 8year old nephew. Up the reds.
— Peregrine Goodfellow (@PeregrineGoodf1) November 12, 2019
The AnfieldRd fan account made light of the potential scenes with so many Liverpool players around.
Sterling in the canteen with Gomez, Trent & Henderson. pic.twitter.com/EUVGCnlK5I
— – (@AnfieldRd96) November 12, 2019
They weren’t the only account to speculate as to what the scrap may have looked like.
Lmao this what happened between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling at
St George’s Park today. pic.twitter.com/mulvcZ3m40
— MonsterAmongMen (@ParkTheBus8989) November 11, 2019
This Bayern fan found it hilarious that Sterling was still so angry about the weekend.
Sterling ACTUALLY on sighted Gomez. He was about that life. Man turned up to training to back the beef una
Nahhhhhhhh I’m crying looooooooooool
— bayern munich fan (@KP2019_) November 11, 2019