Man City 2 – Liverpool 1
It’s almost been a week since Man City beat Liverpool in the Premier League.
Since last Thursday’s fixture, Man City have beaten Rotherham 7-0 in the FA Cup while Wolves knocked Liverpool out the competition in the third round.
City’s league win over Liverpool meant that Jurgen Klopp’s men have a four point lead over the Sky Blues.
Will Liverpool be able to hold onto that lead to win their first league title in 29 years?
Liverpool fans push a grass conspiracy theory
How did Man City beat Liverpool last week?
Amid all the analysis and commentary, The Anfield Wrap, a Liverpool podcast, tabled a conspiracy theory regarding the state of the grass for the Premier League fixture.
It was claimed that Man City intentionally left their lawn long so as to slow down the pace of the game.
Neil Atkinson, who was joined by Melissa Reddy and Paul Cope on the podcast, pushed the following conspiracy theory:
I could not believe the length of the Manchester City pitch.
The amount to which is cut up, the fact that it didn’t look well – it looked like a pitch that had been prepared for one thing. To stop fast passing.
This is a Pep Guardiola pitch that’s been set-up to stop fast passing and I think that tells the story of how Manchester City approached the game about as much as anything else.
We ArE sO gOoD tHaT wE fOrCeD PeP GuArDiOla To LeT tHe GrAsS gRoW pic.twitter.com/WNfxmGjRMK
— Kap (@twosilvas) January 5, 2019
Pep Guardiola reacts to the grass conspiracy theory
Man City are back in action on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The Sky Blues take on Burton Albion in the final four.
In his presser before the Burton game, Pep Guardiola was quizzed about the grass conspiracy theory vs Liverpool.
The Man City boss stated the following:
I’m not the green-keeper, I never did that. If they want to play quick, we want to play quicker. Always we try to put water [on the grass] but it’s not as necessary here because we get a lot of rain.
We want to cut the field all the 10 years, it’s better conditions for both teams. When this happens, you do the best for opponents.
We have to respect them with the rules. I never speak with the groundsman. At the beginning [when I was appointed] they did [a cut] that was [appropriate] for the weather conditions. But I have too many issues [to deal with] to think about that. I trust the groundsman. I never made a phone call to say, ‘Do this to damage our opponents’.
"I am not a greenkeeper."
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 8, 2019