Michael van Gerwen offers Mervyn King advice after heated Players Championship Finals win

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Michael van Gerwen has advised Mervyn King to focus on his own game after the Englishman was visibly annoyed by the Dutchman during Sunday night’s classic Players Championship Finals contest.

Van Gerwen beat King 11-10 in an epic final at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, with the world number one seemingly back to something like his best, averaging over 104 in the match.

It was an engaging clash, not just thanks to the quality, but also due to the feisty relationship the two players have and King’s obvious irritation over how Van Gerwen acts on stage.

Mighty Mike tends to celebrate important finishes with a shout and a pump of the arms, not something out of the ordinary in the modern game, but King is not a fan at all.

The veteran even went to celebrate in a similar way after a superb checkout on the bullseye, but stopped himself at the last second.

King was even looking on at Van Gerwen quizzically after the Dutchman had hit the winning double, shaken his hand and then went on to celebrate further.

The world number one has suggested that King tries not to get so annoyed by what his opponent is doing and just concentrate on his own game.

‘Mervyn doesn’t enjoy a lot,’ Van Gerwen told ITV when asked about King’s reactions.

‘Mervyn is a phenomenal player, if he just keeps his focus on the darts then he’s a phenomenal player, but sometimes he can irritate himself from other players, on what I do.

‘Whatever he does I don’t really care, you have to focus on yourself, on your own game, that’s what keeps me strong, motivated and going.’

In what would be a superb year for most players, it has been a quiet one for Van Gerwen, with this win bringing him just his second major title of 2020 after the UK Open in March.

Visibly emotional after the triumph, MVG is glad to be back in the winner’s circle with the World Championship starting next month.

‘I think I did a phenomenal job. I’m proud of myself, my whole team around me. I’ve worked hard for this, to come back stronger and stronger like this, it means a lot,’ he said.

‘I’ve been out of form for a few months. You have to battle back and fight back, I’m glad I did and I’m happy to hold this trophy in the air.

‘I can’t complain about the time of the year because the next tournament is going to be the Worlds and I’m really looking forward to that tournament. I’m over the moon.’

Van Gerwen beat King at the quarter-final stage of the same competition last year and labelled him ‘bad for darts’ after the clash.

‘Mervyn didn’t want to make it a game, he was complaining about everything, the wind, the dartboard, but I had the same,’ Van Gerwen told ITV. ‘Merv was the old Merv.

‘People like him are bad for darts. Normally I don’t say that, but if you are that injured on your back, why would you play? Simple.

‘Of course, if people keep complaining…we’re all here to do a job, try to win the game with a good performance.

‘The way he keeps making excuses, what Mervyn is like, we all know that, that’s not nice, it doesn’t do the game any favours.’

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