Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said members of the Anfield crowd threw coins at him during his side’s game. 1-0 Premier League defeat at Liverpool.
Guardiola claimed objects were thrown in his direction after Phil Foden had a goal disallowed by VAR as City’s unbeaten start to the season ended.
“The crowd tried, but they didn’t touch me,” Guardiola told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Maybe next time they will be better.”
Liverpool, on the other hand, have condemned the “vicious” chant from the away end.
“We are very disappointed to hear vile chants about the tragedies of the football stadium from the away section during today’s game at Anfield. The away section was also vandalized with graffiti of a similar nature,” the club said in a statement.
“We know the impact this behavior has on families, survivors and everyone involved in such disasters.
“We are working with the relevant authorities and will also work with Manchester City to do our utmost to eradicate these chants from football completely.”
Guardiola was furious that Foden’s second-half goal – which would have put his team ahead – was disallowed by the video assistant referee for a foul on Fabinho by Erling Haaland.
Responding to hearing the coin toss, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “Oh, terrible. I’m sorry. I apologize for that. I had no idea. It should never have happened, never.”
Liverpool claimed all three points after Mohamed Salah beat City goalkeeper Ederson with a calm finish after 14 minutes.
As tempers rose in the second half, Klopp was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor after the German’s fierce protests against a challenge on Salah.
“We played a very good game, but it’s a game where there are very good sides and mistakes are punished,” added Guardiola.
“We made a mistake and we can’t accept it and that’s why we lost the game.
“Today we played to beat Liverpool, we definitely played for that. After 1-0 the crowd shouted but we shouted more on the pitch.
“The referee played, played, played, there were a billion fouls like that and this is because we scored a goal. So they overturned it because we scored a goal, otherwise it wouldn’t have been overturned.”