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Danny Murphy excels himself with claims no LFC player 'fit to lace' De Bruyne's boots

He's managed to rather thoroughly and successfully alienate himself from a fan-base that had always thought fondly of him, after he'd moved on in 2004.

But since leaving, and later on becoming a football pundit, Murphy has let his bitterness at being moved on by Liverpool gradually leak through the cracks of his 'knowledgeable ex pro facade'.

His latest little nugget of knowledge concerns the proposed 'guard of honour' that will be afforded to Liverpool by Man City on Thursday night. As champions, the tradition is that the next team we play will give the team a guard of honour as we enter the pitch'.

Yes, it's daft, yes, it'd old-fashioned, but it's a tradition that few clubs have had a problem with over the years and it's just purely coincidence that it happens to be Man City up straight after our title win was confirmed last week.

But the former Spurs midfielder reckons it's nonsense and that having a player like De Bruyne having to clap the absolute garbage that plays for the champions is an insult.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he 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 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.

"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."

Not as if it's the first time that Murphy - or any ex player - has exposed themselves as being totally detached from actual fan opinion. But if you ask 99% of Liverpool fans, we very much want to see Man City's smug, overpaid squad clapping our lads on to the pitch.

He doesn't stop there though, he saves the best for very last: "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."

I'd probably suggest not telling that to the dozens of Premier League footballers who, in all likelihood, will crown Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold or Mo Salah as Player of the Year in a couple of week's time.

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