As soon as Salah, the last Liverpool player, had gone by, Guardiola was out of the guard of honour and back to his seat in the dug-out, plotting the immediate downfall of the team that has not so much taken the Premier League title he has won for the past two seasons as scarpered down the street and disappeared with it before City even knew it was missing.
And while Liverpool can dismiss a 4-0 thumping at Etihad Stadium as a post-title celebration hangover, it is through Phil Foden that they can be sure Jurgen Klopp was right when he said on the eve of the game: "I can't see the end of anything for Manchester City."
Faith in Foden to pay off next season?
Like Guardiola, Foden will be around next season.
The Stockport-born lifelong City fan would probably play for the club if it was the era when they were in the third tier of English football, such is his devotion to the cause. The threat of a couple of seasons out of Europe is not going to disturb him too much.
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