“I think I have been very clear,” he told a pre-match news conference. “I am a professional and we have to do our job. My relationship with the city, with Liverpool, the club and the fans, is there.
“I was there six years, we won some trophies and had some good memories. But at the same time, when I went to play [against Liverpool] with Chelsea and with Newcastle United, we have to do our jobs like they will do [theirs].
“I think everybody understands that we are professionals and we will try to do our best. That’s it.
“I have friends, obviously, in the Liverpool camp but I have friends also in the Manchester City camp. I have a good relationship with [Pep] Guardiola, with [Jurgen] Klopp.
“For me, it’s just trying to do what I have to do as a professional. I didn’t want to talk to anyone from both sides just in case they would be asking me this [for a favour].”
We love you Rafa, we do. Come on. Play the U10s.