Liverpool are 'angry' that Joe Gomez was placed in a situation which led to his bust-up with Raheem Sterling.
The two Englishmen locked horns in Liverpool's clash with Manchester City, and tempers ran high when they met at St George's Park the following afternoon.
Liverpool deservedly won the top-of-the-table tussle 3-1, with most of the home side's chants being aimed at Sterling, who made the switch from Merseyside to Manchester in 2015.
The pair made up after their bust-up during Sunday's clash, but Sterling let his emotions get the better of him after 'banter' was exchanged at the England training camp the following day.
Sterling acted aggressively towards Gomez in the canteen at St George's Park, reportedly knocking food everywhere and attempting to grab Gomez by the throat. The Man City man has since apologised for the incident, but the forward has been left out of England's matchday squad for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday night as a result.
Understandably, Liverpool are angry that their player was in a position where a confrontation became possible, per The Athletic, due to no fault of his own.
The defender was pictured with a scratch under his right eye, which was originally thought to have been caused by Sterling's fingernail. However, this may
Sterling was sent home, before the core of the England side, including Gomez, convinced England boss Gareth Southgate to change his mind and recall the forward.
Southgate attempted to clear any confusion about the situation, as he absolved Gomez of any blame.
He said: “Raheem in his post last night explained for a very brief moment his emotions ran over, it would be correct to say that’s not the same for Joe.
“We are dealing with a very young squad in a sport where emotions often run high. These things happen in football. My priority is always the care and wellbeing of all my players. All my players.
“Then you have a decision to make as to whether there needs to be something further, which is my reasoning for not selecting Raheem for the game on Thursday.”