5 highlights of former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy's career

Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy, formerly of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur et al, has today announced his retirement from football. All the best 'Spud'!

Former Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Danny Murphy, 36, has retired from professional football.

Before breaking onto the scene at Liverpool, Murphy also had a spell at Crewe Alexander before being given his top flight debut by Gerard Houllier.

He could play across the whole of the midfield, sometimes playing on the wing, but his preferred position seemed to be in the middle of the park.

During his career, Murphy made a total of 556 appearances scoring 71 goals, including nine England caps. Here we look at a few of his career highlights.

Scoring the goal that kept Fulham in the Premier League

Fulham seemed up against it in the fight to avoid relegation but somehow found themselves in the position retaining their Premier League status with a victory. 15 minutes from the end of the game, Danny Murphy got on the end of Jimmy Bullard’s free-kick to keep him in the Premier League.

His record against Manchester United

Murphy seemed to have this uncanny record during the early part of the 2000’s of scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford. There was a period of three times in four seasons where Murphy scored a solitary goal to give Liverpool the win at Old Trafford.

The treble winning season at Liverpool

This was his most decorated season at Liverpool where he played a role in Liverpool winning the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup all in the same season, as well as the side qualifying for the Champions League under Gerard Houllier.

Winning his first England cap.

Murphy made his first of nine international appearances for England against Sweden in November 2001. He scored one goal for England against Paraguay at Anfield in a 4-0 win.

Reaching Europa League Final with Fulham

Murphy captained Fulham on the most memorable season in the club’s history as they managed to beat some of Europe’s more well-known names Juventus and Hamburg en route to the final but they fell just short against Atletico Madrid, losing the final 2-1 after extra time.

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