McManaman lifts lid on atmosphere after Sterling-Gomez bust-up

Date published: Tuesday 19th November 2019 11:02

Steve McManaman

Steve McManaman has revealed that the atmosphere in the England hotel was “quite relaxed” in the aftermath of the Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez bust-up.

Things had got a little feisty between the pair during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Manchester City as they squared up during the Premier League match.

And Sterling and Gomez clashed on Monday at England’s training complex at St George’s Park as the team-mates met up ahead of the international fixtures against Montenegro and Kosovo.

However, McManaman was at the team hotel on the day it happened and he says it was “nothing”.

“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

“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.”


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