Respect plays a big role in football. Every team fights tooth and nail to win a competition; however, in the end, there can only be one winner.
The reaction of the losing team to the setback often defines their character and mentality.
Taking this virtue into consideration, a post-match moment in the Community Shield final between Liverpool and Arsenal has received high plaudits from the Gunners faithful.
Despite the heartbreaking penalty shootout loss against Mikel Arteta’s men, the whole Liverpool team, including manager Jürgen Klopp, stayed on the pitch to applaud the Gunners as they headed to the podium to lift the Community Shield trophy.
This comes in stark contrast to the reception Arsenal received from their London rivals Chelsea after last season’s FA Cup triumph against the Blues.
Comparing the pictures from these two matches, the Gunners faithful on Twitter highlighted the difference in class between the Reds and Chelsea.
The Gooners accused Chelsea for being a sore loser and showing lack of respect for the opponent as their actions were polar opposite to what was seen with Liverpool in the Community Shield match.