Liverpool news Danny Murphy has spectacularly missed the point with guard of honour claim MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Danny Murphy believes the tradition of forming a guard of honour is 'nonsense' but the former Liverpool midfielder is missing the point about Man City's gesture for the champions
Breaking News ! There are bad takes and there are bad takes. But this, from Danny Murphy, is a particularly bad take. The former Liverpool midfielder, speaking on talkSport, slammed the process of forming a 'guard of honour' as nonsense, going as far as to say that Man City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will on Thursday be doing it for players who "can’t even lace his boots". “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," he said. “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. Read More Related Articles Get the best Liverpool stories straight to your inbox with our Reds newsletter Read More Related Articles Danny Murphy slams 'nonsense' guard of honour plans for Liverpool against Man City “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.” He then added: “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." Liverpool fans, as you would expect, have been left perplexed by the views from a man who always split opinion when he was at Anfield. Indeed, Murphy, despite scoring three winners at Old Trafford - more than enough for some players to enjoy lifetime popularity on the Kop - was unfairly treated at times during his stay on Merseyside. He'd know a thing or two about unfair treatment, but what he's had to say on the traditional guard of honour, as well as the current Liverpool team, won't help his cause. Where do you even start with his latest comments? Let's begin at the bottom with his claim that De Bruyne is "giving a guard of honour to players who can't even lace his boots". What players are you referring to exactly, Danny? You can't mean Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino, a trio who have made up the most feared strikeforce in world football. Equally, you mustn't be referring to a back five that has proven to be the Premier League's meanest in the last two seasons? A unit that De Bruyne has never managed to score past. And surely you cannot mean Liverpool's midfield, including the likes of Jordan Henderson, a man who has proven an inspiration both on and off the pitch, in Liverpool's return to the summit of English, European and indeed world football. The same goes for Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho, two men who were key players in Liverpool's Champions League victory last season, a competition, don't forget, that De Bruyne has yet to win. To say anyone involved at Liverpool isn't fit to lace De Bruyne's boots is quite outrageous, especially after the Reds left City miles behind in the race for the title. In truth, Murphy's comments about De Bruyne might be a little exaggerated for effect and regardless, they aren't the real issue in what he's had to say. No, the real problem is his opinion that a guard of honour is "nonsense". Read More Related Articles Liverpool fans all say the same thing after Jurgen Klopp dealt injury blow Read More Related Articles Timo Werner makes Liverpool claim after Chelsea transfer Why? Because City won't like it? Because their fans won't like it? Well, tough.
. We learn that at an early age and it's no different here. Besides, Pep Guardiola will no doubt want his players to feel a little humilated. He'll want his team to feel the pain of clapping Liverpool onto the pitch and do everything in their power to ensure it doesn't happen again. Just as the Reds had to do when watching Real Madrid lift the European Cup in Kiev, only to come back the next year and win the thing themselves. And of course some supporters won't want to see it, but deep down they'll know it's the right thing to do and if the shoe was on the other foot, they'd want their team treated with the same dignity. The guard of honour tradition is nothing new, either. It dates as far back to 1955 when Manchester United provided one for Chelsea. They aren't compulsory, putting the emphasis on clubs to make the call themselves, as Liverpool did when they formed one for champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2015. But the real issue is about respect, as Murphy, to his credit, mentions himself. He suggests it's insincere but, at a time when the word 'respect' is more important than ever both in football and in life, even the illusion of showing appreciation for your rivals is important to the watching public. Respect has long been an issue in English football, between opposing sets of fans, managers, players and unfortunately, with match officials. Indeed, the lack of fans in stadiums has shone a light on some of the language used by players towards match officials and it's not a good example to set to those watching at home.
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And there's the rub. As Liverpool's rivalry with Man City becomes increasingly bitter, a show of respect from the players is not insignificant. What it does do is set the right example to any youngster watching that even the greatest players on the planet lose, and they can lose with grace. Then they can stand there, swallow their pride and do something they perhaps don't like because it's the right thing to do. That's is what it's all about. Respect is about rising above the pettiness and tribal nature of a rivalry, and that is exactly what City are prepared to do. They deserve to be praised for that, not ridiculed. And then, when the dust settles and next season begins, City can hit back in the right way, on the pitch.
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