It used to be the case that the guard of honour was simply seen as a classy gesture for a victorious side, but it’s slowly been turned into a demeaning act for the team that performs it.
Liverpool fans had to wait a long time before they secured their Premier League title last week, and it means they will savour every single moment of their procession in the next few games.
That starts tonight against Man City, who were the main challengers but will finish in a distant second position.
You could forgive Jurgen Klopp for experimenting tonight, but he’s gone with his strongest available team:
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— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions ?) (@LFC) July 2, 2020
This means that the stars of Liverpool’s season will be walking out on the pitch to receive the guard of honour from City, and these fans are loving it:
guard of honour time ?????????? https://t.co/riw9r0jyWI
— Eslam van Buuren ?19 (@Eslam_AlamEldin) July 2, 2020
Guard of honour incoming!! https://t.co/Blru3Zi1nJ
— Ollie ??? (@ollie_olly_olly) July 2, 2020
Sterling starts, guard of honour for Joe Gomez tonight pic.twitter.com/rP2qNYWQ9R
— Liam 19* BLM? (@LFCLiamGrimshaw) July 2, 2020
Totally agree and it shows what a class act Klopp is. Easy to rest a few players but this is the team that deserves the guard of honour.
— Steve Hallam (@Stevos69Hallam) July 2, 2020
So, this is the first LFC team in 30 years to receive a guard of honour.
The best XI gets the deserved start.
— Saketh Ayyagari (@Sakethscribbles) July 2, 2020
Klopp has chosen our best lineup for the guard of honour as expected, roll on kick off. #LFC
— Cam (@ProxyLFC) July 2, 2020
Sterling guard of honour to Gomez!!!! Inject ittttt https://t.co/HOEYE71FzZ
— Kashif Tahir (@kxshif17) July 2, 2020
It’s going to be a tough moment for Raheem Sterling to clap his former club onto the pitch after he forced the move to Man City a few years ago, but you can be sure that the Liverpool fans will love every second.