Liverpool hero John Aldridge accuses Man City of ‘acting like spoilt kids’ and mocks Etihad atmosphere

13 Nov

Liverpool legend John Aldridge accused Manchester City of ‘acting like spoilt kids’ after their titanic Premier League clash on Sunday.

The former Reds striker did, however, sympathise with Pep Guardiola and insisted the Etihad is ‘like a concrete jungle’ and has no atmosphere.

Manchester City boss Guardiola cut a frustrated figure on the Anfield sidelines
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Sunday’s 3-1 victory over champions City made it 34 points from a possible 36 for Liverpool and established an eight-point gap over Leicester and Chelsea, with Guardiola’s fourth place side a further point behind.

In that run Liverpool have faced all their so-called ‘big six’ rivals, plus Leicester. In contrast, City have played just the Reds and Tottenham.

The game at Anfield itself was full of drama, with the Spaniard reacting furiously on the touchline to a number of controversial refereeing decisions.

And Aldridge believes the two-time Champions League-winning manager let himself down in the way he reacted.

Guardiola was left clearly incensed by decisions made by the officials
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Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, he said: “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.

“I understand their frustrations on the touchline because I’ve been there myself but the way Guardiola and [Mikel] Arteta were carrying on, as well as [Raheem] Sterling and [Kyle] Walker, it was like watching dummies being thrown out of the pram.

“No one likes getting beaten but there’s a way to win and a way to lose and, particularly with the eyes of the world on Anfield for a match of this magnitude, City really didn’t do themselves any favours.”

The Liverpool fans made it a hostile atmosphere for Manchester City
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Prior to the game, Liverpool fans lined the streets outside the ground and let off flares and smoke bombs to give the City team bus a hostile welcome.

The levels of intensity on the terraces managed to reach fever pitch, with every tackle met by a raucous response from the Reds’ faithful.

And Aldridge believes the lack of intensity at the Eithad in comparison would have affected the Manchester City players on Sunday.

He added: “The atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous again and the Anfield crowd know exactly how to react when they’re asked to by the manager.

The Etihad is like a concrete jungle, according to Aldridge
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“When our lot are on it and really get behind the team, there really is nowhere better.

“For Guardiola to say it’s the hottest ground in world football – wow what a show of respect that is from a man who’s played and coached all over the world.

“He knows that if City had a crowd like ours, they would get to the Champions League final because they are able to help so much

“Unfortunately for him, it’s like a concrete jungle at the Etihad, there’s no atmosphere there.

“Anfield is a hotbed and we know that it has made the difference on many occasions in the past and pushed the Liverpool team beyond what they thought they were capable of.

“Liverpudlians have always been good at responding to calls to arms, but the Klopp factor has taken it to a new level, such is the respect and love the fans have for the boss.”

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