Former Red Danny Murphy has apologised for his latest comments.
Liverpool face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night. The Citizens are planning to give the Reds a guard of honour.
However, Murphy originally stated that the idea was “a load of nonsense”.
Murphy, who is now a pundit, also added that some Liverpool players are not fit to lace Kevin De Bruyne’s boots. Murphy has now apologised.
Murphy said the following in his apology, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “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’s midfield.
“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 throwaway 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.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
I found Murphy’s original comments quite bizarre. The guard of honour is an English tradition. It is so the best team in the land can get the credit that they deserve.
It has absolutely nothing to do with who has more individual talent and so forth.
As he is a former Liverpool player, one would think that he would be delighted to see the Reds get a guard of honour at the Etihad Stadium. But, that does not appear to be the case.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.