Murphy slams Man City’s guard of honour for Liverpool as "a load of nonsense"

Danny Murphy has slammed Manchester City's plans to give champions Liverpool a guard of honour as "a load of nonsense".

Pep Guardiola confirmed that his side would applaud the Reds on to the pitch on Thursday evening when they face off at the Etihad.

City's defeat at Chelsea last week sent the title to Anfield for the first time in 30 years with seven games to spare.

But Murphy, who played 246 times for Liverpool between 1997 and 2004, isn't a fan of City's planned gesture.

He 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.

"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."

Murphy made a particular example of City midfielder, adding: "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."

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