Former Liverpool player says Man City’s Burton thrashing sent a title race message to Jurgen Klopp
Guardiola’s men sit four points behind league leaders Liverpool and continued their charge towards silverware midweek by thrashing Burton Albion 9-0 during the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.
“What they did the other night, Pep’s sort of signalled his intent to go out with a strong team in the Carabao Cup and really go for it,” Warnock said. “I think he’s putting a marker down to Liverpool to say we’re not going away we’re in all four competitions and we’re in devastating form.”
The 37-year-old also believes that criticism of City’s ruthlessness against Burton is misguided. Some pundits felt that Guardiola’s men went overboard during their meeting with Burton midweek, instead suggesting than an informal mercy rule should have been applied by the hosts.
Warnock, however, rejects that notion and instead believes that City showed an admirable level of professionalism during the encounter.
“We played Man City at Blackburn and Andre Ooijer was playing against someone, I think it was, Robinho, and he flicked the ball up and was taking the mick (sic). Andre lumped him into the first row of the stands. He come off at half-time and said ‘Don’t you ever do that to me again because that was disrespectful’.
“He said ‘I don’t care if you do one-twos around me and score goals, but when you start doing that it’s disrespectful to me’. I always remember thinking, yeah, that is [unprofessional], and I thought what City did the other night was fully professional.”