Thursday, March 15, 2007

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 62: Danny Murphy

At number 62 in our countdown of '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' is renowned goalscoring midfielder Danny Murphy.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Danny Murphy

Years at Liverpool: 1997 to 2004
Position: Midfielder

Date-of-birth: 18/3/1977
Birthplace: Chester

Signed from: Crewe Alexandra (July 1997)

Games: 249
Goals: 44

Honours: FA Cup (2001), UEFA Cup (2001), Worthington Cup (2003), Super Cup (2001), Charity Shield (2001)

Danny Murphy achieved everlasting fame in the eyes of all Liverpudlians thanks to a series of memorable match-winning strikes against arch-rivals Manchester United in the early 2000's. In total, the boyhood Red, netted three winners against Alex Ferguson's side, all at Old Trafford, but also chipped in with many other vital goals during the course of his seven-year stay at Anfield. Signed from Crewe Alexandra by Roy Evans for £2 million in 1997, he arrived with a reputation as one of the most promising youngsters in the game. However, with competition for first team places at Liverpool so tough he struggled to establish himself as nothing other than a fringe player and was loaned back to Gresty Road at the tail end of the 1998/99 season. His Liverpool days were seemingly numbered but on his return the following year he finally made the break though into the first team, scored his first goals for the club and staked a claim for a regular place in Gerard Houllier's starting line-up. A cruel injury blow forced him to miss out on the Worthington Cup final success against Birmingham in 2001 but he started in the memorable cup final triumphs over Arsenal and Alaves. A skilful, hardworking, midfielder, his ability to find the back of the net on a consistent basis and eye for a killer pass made him an integral member of Houllier's side. Despite being unfairly targeted by the critics when things weren't going Liverpool's way, Murphy's much-improved form also earned him a deserved call-up to the England squad. In 2003 he was part of the team that lifted the Worthington Cup again and was runner-up only to Michael Owen in the club goalscoring charts – a fact that no doubt contributed to him being voted the fans' player of the season. Surprisingly, his association with the club came to an abrupt end on the eve of the 2004/05 campaign, not long after the arrival of new manager Rafael Benitez. It may have been with a heavy heart that Murphy agreed a £2.5 million deal with Charlton Athletic he will always be able to look back with immense pride on all that he achieved at his beloved Anfield.

Sold to: Charlton Athletic (August 2004)

Claim to fame: Scoring three-winning goals at Old Trafford

Did you know? Danny first impressed Liverpool scouts after starring alongside Michael Owen for England in the World Youth Championships

Where is he now? Playing for Tottenham Hotspur

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