Liverpool defender Andy Robertson reacted furiously following Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘kick-out’ at team-mate Curtis Jones during Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat on Sunday.
Ronaldo, 36, was agitated all afternoon as his side were dominated by a rampant Liverpool and lost his cool by aggressively kicking out at Jones while 4-0 down.
The legendary forward managed to avoid a sending off, having kicked the ball several times and avoided making any direct contact with the youngster despite clearly losing his temper.
But several Liverpool players including Robertson came to the defence of their teammate by immediately surrounding the Portuguese star.
Robertson, 27, rushed over to Ronaldo to issue an angry warning while Virgil van Dijk gave him a vengeful push.
Things threatened to escalate when Man United star Bruno Fernandes and Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate also got involved.
Referee Anthony Taylor punished Ronaldo but did not deem the incident to be worthy of a red card, despite commentator Gary Neville claiming the forward had “lost his head.”
The incident seemed to fire up the Liverpool players even more, motivating them enough to pursue a fifth goal courtesy of Mohamed Salah after half-time.
The away side inevitably did take their foot off the gas in the second-half with a 5-0 victory in the bag, but manager Jurgen Klopp was delighted with what he witnessed regardless.
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He said: “It is a really good day – a big one. This is a little chapter in the history of the club.
“The result is insane. It is special but we don’t celebrate like crazy, we have respect for our opponents.”
But that did not stop Robertson from rubbing salt in the wounds in his post-match walk around the pitch, where he blew kisses at the United faithful.
The Reds are now one point behind league leaders Chelsea while Man United slipped down to seventh.
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