Manchester: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his players will be giving the customary guard of honour to recently-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool when the two teams clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
Liverpool became champions of England after City lost to Chelsea 1-2 away from home recently and it became mathematically impossible for them catch up with 'The Reds' on the points table, despite seven matches to go.
Guardiola stated that Liverpool deserve the guard of honour, which is given to league winners who win the title before the last match of the season. The opposition players stand in line and applaud the champions as they walk out on the pitch before kickoff.
"We are going to do the guard of honour of course," Guardiola was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it." IANS