Pep Guardiola denies 'disrespectful' celebrations in Manchester City's win over Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola applauds during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on April 1, 2023 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Pep Guardiola has scoffed at claims he showed a "lack of respect" with his peculiar celebrations during Manchester City's 4-1 win over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

After Julian Alvarez drew City level, Guardiola appeared to celebrate right in the face of Reds' substitute Kostas Tsimikas as he warming up.

Later on, following Jack Grealish's goal to make it 4-1, the City boss shook hands with another Liverpool substitute mid-celebration – this time, Arthur.

But Guardiola didn't see anything wrong with the way he reacted to either of the goals.

When quizzed on his antics after the match, the 52-year-old said:

"I was happy and I said [to Tsimikas] how nice our goal was.

Asked if he felt his celebrations might be seen as disrespectful, Guardiola replied in his typically sarcastic manner. 

"No come on," he said. "I’m so sorry. Ask him if I lack respect; ask Tsimikas. I [celebrated] the goal the way I do with my son. I’m so sorry. Do you think it’s a lack of respect? Ah ok, I’m so sorry!"

City's win was their 100th at home in the Premier League under Guardiola – who became the fastest manager to that milestone in the competition's history, reaching it in just 28 games.

The result keeps City in the title race: the reigning champions trail Arsenal by eight points with a game in hand, after the Gunners beat Leeds 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium later on Saturday afternoon.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...