Steve McManaman insists all is fine between Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling over the row which overshadowed England’s Euro 2020 qualification last week and has given his own honest take on the situation.
Sterling reportedly grabbed Gomez by the throat in the England canteen, and has since apologised for the situation in which he admits he “let emotions get the better of me”.
The Manchester City forward was not considered for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after the altercation, which spilled over following last Sunday’s confrontation at Anfield, a game in which Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners over Manchester City.
It was claimed in the aftermath that Liverpool were angry that Gomez had been put in such a situation with Sterling, but McManaman was at the team hotel on the day it happened and he says the incident was “nothing” and was quick to debunk those claims.
“To be honest, there are always clashes in training – when you live and play football every single day, there’s always heated incidents on the training ground,” McManaman told Horseracing.net when questioned about the claims that Liverpool had a reason to be angry about the situation.
“When the intensity is high and people are playing for places, you may get away with a tackle or a pull of the shirt and people get frustrated, it happens all the time.
“To me it was nothing; it was over in 10 seconds, both the players were fine and I was actually there on the day it happened at the hotel and it was quite relaxed afterwards.”
On Gomez being booed by some England fans, McManaman added: “I thought it was absolutely ridiculous what happened with Joe Gomez being booed at Wembley, but that is just part of what happens when a story gets out – people start taking one side or the other.
“In the world we live in now, it’s physically impossible to keep anything quiet anymore, and I think that’s the sad thing about it.
“I don’t think Jurgen Klopp necessarily has to give him any backing by starting him against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“I think if everyone is fit, he will probably go with the team that beat Manchester City, and if Joe plays it will be because he is a fantastic player – that’s all.”