Manchester City have launched a complaint after a Liverpool fan allegedly spat at one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants during the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Phil Foden had just scored the equaliser when the incident supposedly took place, after which City demanded that the Liverpool security staff remove the supporter in question.
But the stewards claimed they did not see the incident and Liverpool are now investigating the claims by studying CTTV footage in the hope of identifying the fan, though police are not yet involved.
It follows a previous incident in 2018 where the Man City bus was attacked by Liverpool supporters before their Champions League quarter-final clash.
When asked about the spitting, Guardiola said: "I didn’t see it but I’m sure Liverpool FC will sort it.
"I heard something from the crowd, they said something not nice to the staff but I did not see the images of what happened – but I am pretty sure Liverpool FC will take measures about this person.
"The same happened three years ago when they destroyed our bus – it is certain people, it is not Liverpool FC."
The City boss went on to criticise referee Paul Tierney’s decision not to send James Milner off following multiple challenges, including a shove from behind on Phil Foden.
He said: "It’s a yellow card. It’s clear. It’s Anfield. It’s Old Trafford.
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"In our situation a City player is sent off – 100 per cent. It’s too clear. It was a second yellow.
"But what a game! That is the reason in the last few years, Man City and Liverpool were always up there.
"That’s why the Premier League is the best. It was great, really great."
City missed out on an opportunity to leapfrog their rivals in the table courtesy of two moments of magic from Mohamed Salah, who first set up Sadio Mane’s finish and then scored one of this season’s most eye-catching goals.
The away side’s goals came courtesy of Foden and a late Kevin De Bruyne strike.
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