Liverpool and Manchester City’s stars will not want the guard of honour to happen when the two sides meet on Thursday evening, Reds hero Danny Murphy claims. City players will give Liverpool’s Premier League title winners a guard of honour at the Etihad.
It’s the first time Jurgen Klopp’s men have played since becoming champions for the first time in the Premier League era.
However, Liverpool hero Murphy has branded the guard of honour idea nonsense, adding both sets of players won’t want it to happen.
The pundit also singled out Kevin De Bruyne, with Murphy saying it’s demoralising for the City star, who is one of the best players in the world.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “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.
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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!
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“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.
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“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.
“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.
“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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City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed the guard of honour will be formed on Thursday evening.
“Of course we are going to do it,” said Guardiola. “We are going to do the guard of honour of course.
“Always we receive Liverpool when they come to our house in an incredible way. They cannot complain and of course we are going to do it because they deserve it.”
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