One of the most iconic stadiums in the world, Anfield has always been considered one of the most intimidating places for visiting teams to go to.
Liverpool’s home stadium was at its rocking best for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona, cheering the side on to a remarkable comeback victory, which ultimately led them to winning the whole competition.
Now, in an interview with Catalan publication ARA, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to the club’s fans at Anfield and revealed the power it can have over the opposition.
He said (as quoted by the Liverpool Echo): “The motto ‘This is Anfield’ is no marketing spin. There’s something about it that you will find in no other stadium in the world. They score a goal and over the next five minutes you feel that you’ll receive another four. You feel small and the rival players seem to be all over you.”
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The comments saw Liverpool fans take to Twitter and many were left to appreciate the honesty in their rival manager’s reflections on their stadium.
Indeed, some seemed to suggest that Guardiola was perhaps interested in one day replacing Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool hotseat, whilst many hailed the Spaniard for proving to be a “class act”.
Check out some of the reaction of Liverpool fans below:
I always respect him for acknowledging the power of our stadium and team… always in a positive manner
— Reaaz Ahmed (@ReaazAhmed) 1 July 2019
He’d love to manage us
— lee (@L_E_F1981) 1 July 2019
He’s just priming himself for the day Klopp retires..
— Oldhairy (@oldhairy1) 1 July 2019
I think if he hadn’t come into the PL now he would have been keen to manage us in the future. The fans, ground and history of the club is very very special.
— Jurgen’s SIXy Football (@AshiqueNasar) 1 July 2019
— 6 times (@saadalkaabi) 1 July 2019
Respect to pep, man is honest have to say on this occasion…
— Raz,LFC (@raz2fast) 1 July 2019
Shows the respect the guy has for us…guys a class act
— Gareth Davies (@WelshGaz80) 1 July 2019
That’s very nice to hear from a player and a manager that has pretty much experienced it all
— Esox Lucius (@Treacleo1) 1 July 2019