Kevin de Bruyne: No Liverpool player is good enough to lace Belgian's boots - Murphy

Kevin de Bruyne: No Liverpool player is good enough to lace Belgian's boots - Murphy

- Kevin de Bruyne has been described as the best midfielder in the world

- The Belgian inspired Man City to FA Cup semifinals after win over Newcastle United

- The former Premier League star claims seeing De Bruyne form guard of honour for Reds stars is nonsense

Manchester City welcome newly crowned champions Liverpool for their Premier League second leg fixture on Thursday.

The Reds made history this campaign after successfully dethroning the Citizens as the latest EPL kings after waiting for about three decades.

There are 23 points separating the two sides ahead of the fixture this week but Danny Murphy believes the Liverpool stars are nowhere near one City star Kevin De Bruyne.

The trip to Etihad will be the Merseyside's first since they became the champions and Pep Guardiola has confirmed his players will give them the honour due to them.

Meanwhile, the former Tottenham Hotspur star labeled the Spaniard's gesture "a load of nonsense" and something that "doesn't mean anything".

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Murphy added that it will be strange for a player in the class of De Bruyne, who is arguably the best midfielder in the world, to be clapping players who ''can't even lace his boots".

Kevin de Bruyne: No Liverpool is good enough to lace Belgian's boots - Murphy

Kevin de Bruyne in action for Manchester City - credit: Getty Images
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Murphy told talkSPORT: "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.

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"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.

"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.

"And if I'd won it, by the way, if I was walking through, I'd feel awkward. I'd feel uncomfortable.

"I understand why the powers that be created it, because it does give off the right message to those watching. But I don't see the point."

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Though already crowned champions, Liverpool are still chasing a 100 points record set by Man City.

The Reds currently have 86 points and with seven matches to wrap up the season, they stand a big chance to set a new target for the rest of the teams. earlier reported that Manchester City are through to the semifinal of this year's FA Cup championship following their 2-0 victory over Premier League rivals Newcastle United.

A goal each from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were all the Citizens needed to advance to the last four stage of the competition.

The victory saw them advance to this year's FA Cup semifinals as they hope to retain the title they won last year.

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