Murphy in Kop blast
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Danny Murphy has taken a parting shot at Liverpool after joining Charlton by claiming team spirit at Anfield has vanished because of the lack of English players.
The England international completed his move to The Valley on Tuesday after being informed by Rafa Benitez he did not feature in his first-team plans.
Murphy claimed he was more than happy to sign for The Addicks because it offered him the chance to play under an English manager, with more English players, and warned Liverpool that the potential loss of Michael Owen would be another huge blow.
"Fans relate to local players, players especially. It?s important that, whatever club you are at, there is a nucleus of English players,? the former Crewe star stated.
"If Michael goes, there's another one gone. It would be sad to see him go - just as it has been sad for myself to go," he declared.
"You always have a degree of team spirit because you're a group of players with the same goal.
"But I think it's inevitable, when you have such a cosmopolitan club as Liverpool - and the number of English players diminish as the seasons go by - the spirit becomes less and less.
"How do you replace the Robbie Fowlers and Neil Ruddocks of this world? You don't.
"That's part and parcel of football these days. That's why it was important to me to come to a club like Charlton with a good spirit, where the lads get on and there wasn't such a cosmopolitan approach."
Indeed, Murphy intimated that he had turned his back on the opportunity to join Spurs because he did not want to work for another foreign coach.
"But over the last few years I've worked with a French manager and now a Spanish manager. Not that I'm xenophobic - but I want to work under an English manager who I'll have a crystal-clear relationship with."
However, he insisted he bore no grudge towards new Kop boss Benitez who, he claimed, had been honest with him from the start.
"The new manager was straight with me and I respect his honesty. He told me he was looking to bring in new players and I might not be as much as a regular as I have in the past," he continued.
"He certainly didn't push me into going to Charlton. I've got no bitterness towards him."
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