Danny Murphy has revealed to talkSPORT he ‘lost it’ with Luis Suarez over the former Liverpool striker’s diving antics in a Premier League game against Fulham.
He also admitted he ‘wanted to smack’ Manchester City ace David Silva during a match after he said simulation was a part of the game.
Murphy was reacting to James Maddison’s sending off for Leicester City this weekend, where the young England midfielder was dealt a second yellow card as he attempted to win a penalty against Brighton.
And it triggered a memory of when he completely lost his rag with ex-Liverpool star Suarez when he too tried to con the referee during a game against his Fulham side.
Speaking with talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday, Murphy said: “I love Suarez, I think he’s an amazing footballer and I had the pleasure of playing up against him and seeing his talent first-hand.
“But I was on a yellow in a Fulham v Liverpool game and he went over a bit easily on one particular occasion, and I was not best pleased.
“While he was crumbled on the floor it was one of those rare moments where I got a bit aggressive and lost it.
“I think for about a millisecond he was a bit worried that I might do something bad – I wasn’t going to, I was just so angry.
“I was thinking I might get a second yellow and a red – luckily the ref let me off!”
Maddison has received plenty of stick for his dive during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton and the Leicester star has held his hands up and apologised for actions, saying he ‘anticipated contact that never came’.
But Murphy says not every case of diving is a planned attempt to con officials.
“I think it’s a mentality thing, it’s not always that cynical,” he added.
“It’s not always about players being nasty or going out and thinking I’m going to cheat to win, it’s inherent in them over a generation.”
The former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder also revealed Suarez was not the only played he was ‘fuming’ with over diving during a game…
He explained: “I played at Man City once for Fulham and we lost 3-0 in the end, but the first goal was a penalty.
“Chris Baird brought someone down, but it was one of those where the City player left his leg and conned the ref a bit and I was fuming.
“I was having a go at the ref and David Silva said to me, ‘why are you so crazy? That’s football!’
“And I was like, ‘no it isn’t, mate, not where I’m from’. You know when you just want to give somebody a smack?”
Listen to a clip of Danny Murphy on talkSPORT above!