‘Bernardo Silva made sure he looked good’: Liverpool fans fume with Manchester City star who didn’t clap during guard of honor
- Manchester City confirmed they would hold a guard of honor for Liverpool
- But star Bernardo Silva seemed to refuse to participate in the applause
- He was caught drinking from his bottle while Reds players came out
- He also seemed to leave the rank before every Liverpool player had passed him
Liverpool fans have targeted Bernardo Silva after the Manchester City star appeared to refuse to take part in an honor guard for the Premier League champions at Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men confirmed they would honor Jurgen Klopp’s side with an applause from City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Thursday, making Liverpool the first Premier League champion.
And the deposed top champions kept their word when all City players waited for the new Premier League winners to hit the field before kickoff.
Man City’s Bernardo Silva seemed to refuse to take part in an honor guard for Liverpool
The Manchester City star seemed to refuse to clap when the new champions ran away
At first glance, it seemed that every player showed respect for Liverpool, but a social media video seems to see Silva refusing to applaud like the rest of his teammates.
Instead, you can watch the Portuguese playmaker sipping on his water bottle as the stars of the new champions walked past him.
The 25-year-old then seemed to leave the rank even earlier than his City teammates and began to make his way to the sidelines before every member of Liverpool’s starting lineup had passed their City counterparts.
And furious Liverpool fans took to Twitter to voice their disapproval, tweeting: ‘Isn’t this an unsportsmanlike behavior?
Silva was then seen drinking from his water bottle, leaving the rank earlier than his teammates
“Bernardo Silva was spotted on guard of honor who didn’t clap like the rest of his teammates, and even sipped his cup as the Liverpool players passed him, I’m waiting!”
Another agreed and tweeted, “City’s VAT honor guard was shocking. Bernardo Silva in particular made him look like a real t ***.
“He showed a lack of class, but that’s no surprise.”
Another supporter also claimed that the actions of the Portuguese reflected the pain City felt, writing, “All Bernardo Silva has shown is that giving them the guard of honor really hurt them.”
The Portugal international replaced the second half when City Liverpool struck off
Silva started the game on the bench, but came on as a substitute for the second half, as City inflicted a 4-0 loss to Klopp’s side in the first game of the Reds since he was crowned champion.
Kevin De Bruyne put his side ahead when he converted from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was broken.
Sterling then turned scorer to double City’s advantage before Phil Foden scored a third just before half-time.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then scored an own goal in the second half to complete Liverpool’s miserable night.
Kevin De Bruyne played the lead role when Manchester City scored three times in 20 minutes
Klopp confirmed for their 4-0 defeat to City that his side did not need to be ‘respected’ with an honor guard.
“I’m not sure I ever got it [a guard of honour] but it has been a long time since I won anything in Germany.
“I think we have three match days to go and it is not really a German tradition, but it is an English and a Premier League tradition.
“So we take it, it’s a nice gesture, 100 percent. I honestly wouldn’t need it. ‘
Jurgen Klopp confirmed that there was no need for an honor guard for Manchester City
But after seeing Silva’s antics, some Reds fans were unimpressed with the Guard of Honor.
Under the rules of the Premier League, clubs do not have to give guard of honor, but can choose to reach the club an agreement.
Aston Villa, Brighton, Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle will also show their respect for the new champions.