Ex-Liverpool star slams guard of honour


With Liverpool set to receive a guard of honour from Manchester City following their record-breaking Premier League triumph, former Reds star Danny Murphy has slammed the tradition with a veiled insult at his former club. 

Klopp's title-winning side will travel to Manchester on Thursday for their match against the 2018/19 league champions, and are set to receive a guard of honour from their recently-dethroned rivals after clinching the EPL title last week.

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However, former Reds midfielder Murphy, who made more than 200 appearances for the Merseysiders and was part of the club's 2001 treble-winning team, has now slammed the tradition with comments that will no doubt have offended his former employers.

"It's a perception of respect, the right thing to do, the messages you're trying to send to the football world that when somebody wins, that you show respect and grace," Murphy told talkSPORT.

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"The fact City will be doing it on Thursday 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.

"If I was a Liverpool player and United won the league, you know they're better than you, you respect that and you're trying your best to be like them, so they know you respect them.

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"The fans don't want you to do it, the players don't really want to do it, it's all for effect and it doesn't mean anything.

"[City midfielder] Kevin De Bruyne is the best midfielder, probably, in the world, and he's clapping his hands and giving a guard of honour to players who can't even lace his boots!

"And if I'd won it, by the way, if I was walking through, I'd feel awkward. I'd feel uncomfortable. I understand why the powers that be created it, because it does give off the right message to those watching, but I don't see the point."

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