Danny Murphy: Five career highlights
Former Fulham and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy called time on his 20-year playing career today.
Soccerlens looks back on five memorable Murphy moments:
Murphy signed for Liverpool, his boyhood club, at the age of 20 in the summer of 1997 after coming through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra.
His Premier League debut came as a sub on the opening day of the 1997-98 season against Wimbledon.
Regular goals against bitter rivals Manchester United made him a hit with the Kop.
Taste of silverware
The Reds also lifted the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield the following summer.
Murphy then added a sixth trophy from his spell at Anfield by playing in the 2003 League Cup final win over Manchester United.
Following difficult spells with Charlton and Tottenham Hotspur, Murphy joined Fulham in August 2007. The first season at Craven Cottage was a struggle, but under Roy Hodgson the Londoners pulled off a great escape.
Fulham made remarkable progress under Hodgson. With Murphy as captain they finished seventh the following season. That meant Europa League football, the rebranded UEFA Cup, at the Cottage.
Hodgson steered Fulham to the final. At the age of 33, Murphy skippered the side in Hamburg’s Nordbank Arena albeit in a losing effort.
Diego Forlan sunk Fulham late in extra time as Atletico Madrid won the rechristened competition.
Murphy went on to play for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship before being frozen out and released.