The symbolism will be strong on Thursday evening.
As Liverpool’s players take to the field at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City’s will line up to welcome them – a round of applause and a show of respect for the newly crowned Premier League champions.
For Pep Guardiola, it will be a humbling moment. His sides are usually the ones receiving the 'guard of honour', after all.
“We are going to do it because they deserve it,” Guardiola said, graciously, when asked by reporters about the idea at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp, his opposite number, will be greeted warmly too ...
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