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Name Danny Murphy
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  Fulham Captain
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  Liverpool FC

2016 03 21 Retrieve

[About Kane deserving selection in the England national side] Not just selected but in the team – and build the team around him. He’s so young, but he’s so powerful. I’m struggling to see a weakness in his game

2019 07 28 Retrieve

[Harvey Elliott - Liverpool’s new wonderkid out to become the next Bale] He’s a great dribbler, he’s very sharp and he’s got good feet

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Former Liverpool star Danny Murphy says he regrets leaving the club before they won the Champions League under Rafael Benitez] I feel very blessed. I feel lucky to have played for the team I supported and loved growing up. It’s all I ever wanted to do. To win trophies playing for the team you love as well is very surreal. It’s probably only when you look back now in hindsight that you realise the enormity of it. The only thing for me of course is that the year I left they won the Champions League. Maybe I could have stayed and fought a bit harder under Rafa. It was a difficult decision for me at the time because I was so used to playing and I loved playing. He made it clear to me more than once that that wasn’t going to be the case, so I had a difficult choice to make in a short period. People say they have no regrets. Well, I do, I regret not staying, but life is what it is. It was a wonderful seven years for me and being part of that Liverpool family is still very special to me

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[Danny Murphy says Jordan Henderson is the biggest miss for Liverpool’s midfield when he is not available] I appreciate them all, to be honest, in terms of their ability to fit in. Very rarely do you watch Liverpool play and think, ‘Oh, they’re weaker today. Jordan is probably the one biggest miss when he doesn’t play, partly because of his leadership as well. I’m a big fan of Wijnaldum. He’s very good on the ball and in tight positions. Very, very often he is one of those players who wriggles out of a little tight situation and gets Liverpool on the front foot. The one thing more about that midfield I say when I talk about it is every single one of them – I call them ‘proper midfielders’ – does all the bits needed. They still go forward and press and try to get in the box. Ox is probably one of the best at it when he plays more often. But they all do their defensive work – they all track runners, they all fill space, they all spot danger. And I don’t think that Liverpool system would work if one of the three didn’t have the discipline to do that. They all know the job

I think the team has evolved from when Klopp first started. It has got a bit more wisdom in it, in terms of when to take your foot off the gas from pressing, when to see out a game, when to drop off sometimes. They are much more tactically aware. Yes, they are a high-press team with great energy and the fitness levels are unbelievable, and Klopp’s coaching staff and sports science team deserve great credit for that. But when people talk about Liverpool this season not hitting the heights of maybe last season or the one before in terms of sometimes steamrollering teams and loads of free-flowing football, it’s because they’re managing games better. It’s because they don’t necessarily, when they go a goal up away from home or two up, go all-out, 100 per cent press, hell for leather. I think the biggest thing with the Liverpool side at the moment is the hunger and the discipline

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Danny Murphy says Alexander-Arnold’s great but won’t win Ballon d’Or] I think Cafu could’ve praised him without talking about the Ballon d’Or. The Ballon d’Or is generally for the goalscorers and the superstars isn’t it? But he is a wonderful, wonderful talent […] He won’t win the Ballon d’Or. I think even in a midfield position it’s difficult. Can he score goals from midfield and bend in free-kicks and open defences with his passing? Yes. But will that ever be enough to be enough to win a Ballon d’Or? [Luka] Modric won one, didn’t he? Yeah, it’s possible, you never say never, but I don’t think so. There’s that much talent around at the moment, defensively you think a centre-half like Virgil van Dijk would probably be one of the few who has the capability. But he’s on a different level because he’s an out-and-out defender

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[Danny Murphy says Liverpool will need to dip into the transfer market for additional firepower when the transfer window re-opens] I do think Liverpool could do with some additional firepower, especially as next season there will be the Africa Cup of Nations. That’s going to mean that both Salah and Mane are going to be missing for a chunk, a big chunk of the games. I would be amazed if when the window does open, or when the season ends, that Liverpool don’t sign someone in attacking areas. But you also have to remember that for two years they got to the Champions League final and got 97 points last season and are going to win it this year, so who are we to argue with how he’s [Klopp] balanced his squad

I think Liverpool will inevitably win the title. The fact that everybody wants it done so quickly, or the desire of everyone associated with Liverpool wanting to get it done quickly is obvious because it’s been 30 years. It’s going to happen. You’d think they will beat Palace on Wednesday and it makes the Man City away game [on July 2] really interesting because Pep and those Man City players are not going to want Liverpool winning it there

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Danny Murphy says Salah & Mane will be knocking on Klopp’s door] If they were in the Champions League, I’d understand [resting players] more. But if I’m Mo Salah and I’m going for the golden boot or Mane or Trent [Alexander-Arnold, on track to challenge for the record of most assists in a Premier League season], I’d be knocking on [Klopp’s] door saying I want to play these last few games. You want to be a part of the greatest team in Premier League history

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Danny Murphy says Trent Alexander-Arnold has become a mix of David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne] Not known anyone with his quality from wide areas since David Beckham. It’s like having Kevin De Bruyne at right-back. Could play there for the next 10 years but he’s good enough to also switch into midfield. A local lad, he has the chilled personality to cope with the extra pressure.

The best Liverpool teams have always included at least one Scot. Incredible fitness levels to get up and down from left-back and one of those bubbly characters that’s good for the dressing-room

[Murphy on Mohamed Salah] Everyone expects him to repeat the 44 goals he scored two seasons ago. That’s not possible but his record is still remarkable for someone who rarely plays as a centre-forward. The happiness he showed when scoring his first goal against United at Anfield was one of the season’s highlights

[Murphy on Roberto Firmino] Not managed a Premier League goal at Anfield but he’s a major reason Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have scored so many. We rarely see strikers get as much pleasure from assists but he also scored a beauty to win the game at Spurs

[Salah and Firmino have further underlined their value to the Reds cause, while Jordan Henderson is another to have enjoyed a remarkable season, but Murphy believes it is Mane who has been the pick of the bunch] My player of the year. He’s been Liverpool’s match-winner on so many occasions, deceptively strong and good in the air besides his obvious pace and shooting ability - but he is great going the other way too. Robertson must love playing behind him knowing the defensive work Mane does