Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City last weekend was not without its share of drama. One particular incident that caught the attention of fans and pundits alike was the heated altercation between Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez and City boss Pep Guardiola.

While both Jürgen Klopp and Guardiola downplayed the incident in their post-match press conferences, the cause of the spat remained a mystery. However, midfielder Alexis Mac Allister has shed some light on what exactly transpired between the two.

Mac Allister, who witnessed the exchange firsthand and could understand what was being said, revealed that it all started with Guardiola's reaction to a late miss from Erling Haaland. "I don't know if it was a corner or a cross that Haaland headed and the ball went past the goal next to the post," Mac Allister explained to Clank!. "Pep turned around and started saying how lucky we are or something like that.

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"Then it goes to the last bit of play, the ball is crossed into the middle and Lucho Díaz wants to head it and they save it. So then Darwin tells him (Guardiola), 'Ah, now you are the ones who are lucky'. From there, everything went to s**t. But it was very calm. Nothing serious."

This comment from Guardiola seemed to have triggered Núñez, who couldn't resist responding to Guardiola. From there, tensions escalated, leading to a heated exchange between the two. Mac Allister characterized the situation as "very calm" and "nothing serious," emphasizing that both Núñez and Guardiola have mutual respect for each other.

While Klopp was initially unaware of what was being said during the altercation, Mac Allister found amusement in the whole situation. "If I see how serious it is, obviously I wouldn't laugh in that way," he admitted. However, he also acknowledged the quick temper of Núñez, stating: "Nothing made me laugh a little like how Darwin got angry so quickly."

The incident serves as a reminder of the emotional nature of football and how even seemingly harmless exchanges can escalate into heated confrontations. It also highlights the passion and intensity that both Guardiola and Núñez bring to the game.

In the aftermath of the incident, both Klopp and Guardiola chose to downplay its significance, focusing instead on the overall performance of their respective teams. The 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City was a hard-fought match, with Trent Alexander-Arnold's late equalizer canceling out Haaland's opener.

While the altercation between Núñez and Guardiola may have momentarily stolen the spotlight, it should not overshadow the impressive performances of both teams on the pitch. The draw kept Liverpool in contention for the top spots in the Premier League, while Manchester City continues to assert its dominance as defending champions. Arsenal is leading the way currently having beaten Wolves today. Liverpool vs Fulham and Manchester City vs Spurs are tomorrow. says: It always seemed like a fuss about nothing and Klopp and Guardiola were very keen to play it down from the off. It's no bad thing that Núñez was so up for the fight. He likes to get involved and is clearly passionate.


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