Later News Jun 30

Ex-Liverpool star Danny Murphy doesn’t want Man City to give Reds a guard of honour


Like all newly-crowned English Premier League (EPL) champions, Liverpool are due a guard of honour from the opposition in their next match on Friday (SGT). 

 

As fate would have it, the team the Reds will be facing that day will be none other than the dethroned champions, Manchester City.

 

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With Liverpool utterly dominant in the league this season, many would agree that giving them the traditional guard of honour is no less than they deserve. Especially so, given that this is their first-ever EPL title, and their first league title in 30 years.

 

Well, pish-posh to that, says – of all people – former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.

 

Instead, the former Anfield star believes the entire tradition is a “load of nonsense”, and that Man City should not go ahead with what he believes to be an empty show of respect.

 

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Speaking to talkSPORT, Murphy said: “It’s a perception of respect, ‘the right thing to do’, the message you’re trying to send to the football world that when somebody wins, that you show respect and grace.

 

“The fact Man City will be doing it…will show humility, saying ‘well done’ to Liverpool and appreciation for their quality.

 

“I think it’s a load of nonsense! I don’t know where it started and why it started, I would feel uncomfortable doing it. I’d do it because you have to do it, but I wouldn’t want to do it, because it’s not done with sincerity.”

 

And, in a bizarre bid to further damage his reputation among Liverpool fans, Murphy went on to heap praise on Kevin De Bruyne…by belittling the Reds’ current batch of midfielders.

 

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“Think about the players clapping the ones coming on. Kevin De Bruyne – probably the best midfielder in the world – is clapping midfielders who can’t lace his boots,” the 43-year-old said, presumably while eating from his bowl of sour grapes.

 

“I’d be going ‘whatever, well done lads’. And if I was walking through, I’d feel awkward. I interviewed Kevin De Bruyne and he had respect for Liverpool, course he did, but he doesn’t want to stand on his own pitch clapping them.

 

“You want to say ‘I can’t wait for next season, let’s crack on with this game and show you how good we are’.”

 

Right. Now, if you’re finished, go join Michael Owen in the Liverpool Hall of Shame then, Murphy.

 

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