Danny Murphy retracts Liverpool guard of honour comments

Date published: Tuesday 30th June 2020 3:49 - Matthew Briggs

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Danny Murphy has apologised for his “throw-away” comments made about Manchester City’s plans to give the Reds a guard of honour.

Pep Guardiola confirmed that his side will lead out the Reds before clapping them onto the pitch on Thursday at The Etihad.

However, speaking to talkSPORT Murphy said the Liverpool players could be feeling “awkward” and “uncomfortable” walking past City players clapping them onto the pitch.

Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy went on to say: “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. You’re trying your best to be like them, so they know you respect them.

“Kevin De Bruyne is the best midfielder, probably, in the world, and he’s clapping his hands. He is giving a guard of honour to players who can’t even lace his boots!”


Murphy admits he got it wrong about Liverpool

Now though the pundit has taken to Instagram to apologise for his remarks about Liverpool, and said he doesn’t always get it right

“Yesterday on talkSPORT discussing the concept of the guard of honour I used a poor choice of wording which I apologise for in relation to Liverpool midfield,” wrote Murphy.

“Just to clarify I have nothing but admiration and respect for all the LFC players and their incredible achievements over the last two years.

“I would hate for a misplaced throw-away phrase which wasn’t thought through to imply anything otherwise.

“I of course don’t always get it right when doing live TV and radio but will always hold my hands up and apologise when I don’t.”

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