'If you want to put it on, bring it on baby!' - Eamon Dunphy challenges Second Captains' Ken Early to football debate
Eamon Dunphy has been going head-to-head with pundits for decades on RTÉ and he has now issued a challenge to Ken Early of Second Captains to debate footballing matters with him.
Dunphy was speaking on Game On on 2FM tonight when the discussion moved to Liverpool's defensive struggles thus far in the Premier League season.
The RTE pundit referred to a column written on Liverpool's defence by Early, where he argued that 'Klopp is one of those system managers who believes that the best way to defend is to play the game in the other team's half'.
Dunphy disagreed with the article, and then later on in his chat with Hugh Cahill, said he would 'love' to have a football debate with Early, who is one of the hosts of the popular Second Captains podcast.
"Everyone knows about their defence except one very prominent writer, who I think is a nice writer but he wrote a piece today about defending. It was daft," Dunphy said.
"He is a very good writer but he is the one on the attack without naming people, he mentions 'pundits' - who are the football pundits?," he continued.
"Why doesn't he come out and name people and have a proper debate? I'd love to debate him. You could sell tickets to that. If you want to put it on, bring it on baby!"
"I really admire him and they know that because I did programmes with them and I don't want to put them down but they seem to want to prove that you don't need to know anything about football to write about it or comment on it."
"If you go on the offensive, you have to be prepared for the attacked person - the victim in this case - to say, hold on, lets talk about this. I think John [Giles] upset him actually, John had a go at him and I didn't think John was right to do that because everyone is entitled to their opinion," Dunphy concluded.