Manchester City are afraid of a repeat of another violent attack on their team bus from Liverpool fans ahead of Sunday’s title showdown at Anfield.
— Football Headlines (@foothlines) November 7, 2019
City’s bus was pelted by objects, including cans, bottles and flares, as the vehicle made its way through crowds of Liverpool fans to Anfield for a Champions League tie 19 months ago.
The Bus windscreen was smashed beyond repairs and another vehicle had to be drafted in to take the City players back to Manchester after their 3-0 defeat.
City are now praying authorities issue assurances from their Liverpool counterparts that there will be no repeat of the coach attack.
City have been made aware of social media posts circulating among Liverpool fans in the build-up to the game, talking up another ‘coach greeting’ for their squad on Sunday.
The poster urges supporters to line the streets around Anfield and bring ‘pyro, pints, flags and banners’ to greet the City team bus – just as they did back in April 2018 – and ‘make it like a European night!’.
City were furious no culprits were identified for their part in the bus attack, despite widespread video footage of the prolonged attack being made available to Merseyside Police.
Liverpool issued an unreserved public apology for the attack, which was also condemned by boss Jurgen Klopp, and saw the club cough out about £17,600 as fine by UEFA.