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Danny Murphy slams 'nonsense' plans for Manchester City to give Liverpool a guard of honour

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Danny Murphy has slammed the tradition of giving Premier League champions a guard of honour ahead of Liverpool's visit to Manchester City.City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his team - who won the title last season - will applaud Jurgen Klopp and his players onto the pitch ahead of kick-off after they were crowned Premier League champions.

Guardiola made it clear that he believed Liverpool 'deserved' the honour after winning the league with seven games to spare when his City side lost against Chelsea last week.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy 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.

'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.

Murphy, who played for Liverpool between 1997 and 2004, highlighted another key flaw in the gesture.

He 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.

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