Liverpool and Manchester City at war: Reds FURIOUS after Jurgen Klopp was accused of ‘borderline xenophobia’ for his comments about City’s wealth… as bad blood between the clubs rises to new levels after toxic clash at Anfield
- The bad blood between Liverpool and Manchester City has escalated further
- Klopp said City are one of three clubs that can do what they want financially
- Away fans daub halls with graffiti about Heysel and Hillsborough
- City manager Pep Guardiola was attacked by three coins from the home crowd
Liverpool were said to be furious on Monday night after Manchester City accused their manager Jurgen Klopp of ‘borderline xenophobia’ in comments he made about their wealth.
Before Liverpool ended City’s undefeated start to the season on Sunday, Klopp had claimed: “There are three clubs in world football that can do whatever they want financially.”
The German – who did not suggest any illegal financial activity – would refer to City, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain, all of whom have owners from the Middle East.
Tensions between Liverpool and Manchester City have continued to escalate after Sunday’s game at Anfield
It sparked an angry response from the Premier League champions, who believe Klopp fueled the toxic rivalry between the clubs. Liverpool are said to be furious at City’s accusation.
Mohamed Salah’s goal in the 76th minute proved to be the winner, but the game had already turned ugly. City supporters chanted songs of tragedy at the stadium and the club’s manager, Pep Guardiola, was the target of three coins tossed by the home crowd.
Away fans covered the halls at Anfield with graffiti about Heysel and Hillsborough. City said they did not condone the behavior of their supporters, and Liverpool released a statement about the incidents saying: “We are deeply disappointed to hear despicable chants.”
Liverpool’s furious Jurgen Klopp accused of ‘borderline xenophobia’ over comments about City’s wealth
Liverpool added that they would issue a lifetime ban to any fan caught on CCTV throwing coins at Guardiola.
City’s backroom staff claimed after last season’s 2-2 draw that they were spat at by supporters sitting behind the dugout.
City will not be penalized for the offending chant as the content was not considered discriminatory.
City manager Pep Guardiola was targeted by three coins thrown by the home crowd
Similarly, the FA will support Liverpool and the police rather than take action themselves regarding the tossing of coins.
Police became aware of another claim Monday when City claimed their team bus had been damaged by a missile as they left the area. Players and staff heard a bang at the end of Anfield Road and an inspection revealed a crack in the glass.
Footage from the bus company, Ellisons, will be passed on to authorities, who may also look at street cameras.
In Sunday’s clash, City boss Pep Guardiola (left) was targeted with coins from home fans, while City also claimed an object was thrown at their team bus as they exited Anfield Road (right)
Sunday night marked the third time a City vehicle has been damaged near Anfield, including the big 2018 Champions League clash incident that Guardiola referred to on Sunday: “Next time they will do better,” Guardiola said when was asked about the coin toss. ‘They haven’t got me. They got it on the bus years ago, but not this time.’
Klopp faces a sideline ban after being sent off for berating the referee’s assistant.
The FA is waiting for referee Anthony Taylor’s report before deciding whether to charge the Liverpool boss.
Klopp was shown a red card in the last minutes on Sunday after he abused a linesman