September 28, 2020

Man City vs Liverpool to be held at Etihad Stadium

June 25, 2020

New champions Liverpool will face Manchester City live on Sky Sports - and the game on Thursday July 2 has been given the go-ahead to take place at the Etihad.

The game had been on a list of five fixtures that the UK's football policing lead said at the end of last month was set to be played at a neutral venue, at the request of the local force.

But the decision has been made to allow the game, which is live on Sky Sports, to go ahead at the Etihad, following a meeting of Manchester City Council's safety advisory group on June 25.

The fixture could have been a title decider but Liverpool were crowned after City's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea and will now head to the home of Pep Guardiola's dethroned side, where they will potentially receive a guard of honour.

Liverpool's first game as champions will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 8pm on Thursday, July 2; Kick-off at 8.15pm.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, executive member for skills, culture and leisure for Manchester City Council, said: "The Council's Safety Advisory Group (SAG) for the Etihad Stadium met this morning (Thursday June 25) to review the upcoming fixture between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC.

"Following the most recent round of Premier League fixtures which have all taken place behind closed doors the SAG has signalled it has no objections to the above fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium as planned at 8.15pm, Thursday July 2. As with all other Premier League matches this fixture will take place behind closed doors, with no fans present."

The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police and the fire and rescue service as well as those from supporters' groups.

The initial list of fixtures which were to be held at neutral venues also included the Merseyside derby, Manchester United's game against Sheffield United, Manchester City's home game against Newcastle on July 8 and Newcastle vs Liverpool on July 26.

Will Liverpool get a guard of honour at the Etihad?

There's no requirement for Manchester City to give Liverpool a guard of honour - but there is plenty of precedent.

The Daily Express reports Pep Guardiola is happy to welcome Liverpool's Premier League-winning side onto the pitch at the Etihad with a round of applause, which has become traditional in the division to show respect for newly crowned title winners.

Liverpool last gave one in 2015, when they faced Jose Mourinho's Chelsea the game after the Blues had secured the Premier League trophy by beating Crystal Palace.

Watch Man City vs Liverpool on Sky Sports

Watch Man City vs Liverpool from 8pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Mian Event; Kick off is 8.15pm.

Follow the match on Sky Sports Premier League without crowd noise and Sky Sports Main Event with crowd noise.

Also keep up-to-date in our dedicated live blog with in-game clips, as well as highlights published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after full time.

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