The repercussions of Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City look set to ripple throughout football for weeks to come. It was always destined to be a game full of controversy and big moments as it looks to have played a decisive role in the Premier League title race. Former Liverpool hero John Aldridge has upped the ante with his comments in the Liverpool ECHO.
Former Liverpool midfielder Aldridge wrote in his ECHO column:
“Pep Guardiola certainly showed his petulant side with his antics on the touchline and after the match. I think Manchester City are so used to getting their own way most of the time that they don’t know how to react when things go against them and they behaved like spoilt kids really…the way Guardiola and Arteta were carrying on, as well as Sterling and Walker, it was like watching dummies being thrown out of the pram.”
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The fallout of this game just carries on and on. There have been debates about VAR, incidents in the England squad, and now there is a former Red stoking the fires.
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Despite the inflammatory nature of his comments, John Aldridge has a point with his views on Manchester City. Their behaviour at the weekend was far from becoming of a side filled with classy players.
Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers that the world has ever seen, the way he acted at the weekend was not befitting his reputation. His over the top charging up and down the touchline was a pathetic sight and his antagonism of the referees immediately after the game was out of order.
It was indeed very obvious that this City side don’t handle defeat well, especially in a game with such high stakes. This sort of embarrassing disciplinary display is the kind of thing that can really derail a side. We saw how poorly Sterling responded after being lampooned for his scuffle with Joe Gomez – how will the rest of the Blues side react after the media backlash against their behaviour?