Murphy spurred on by abuse
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Houllier received a death threat through the mail and an abusive message was daubed on the Anfield club's training-ground wall.
Murphy has admitted to being shocked by the abuse, but feels it has brought everyone at the club together.
"Things have crossed the line in terms of what is decent in recent weeks," said Murphy. "I mean, what are people thinking of when they do the sort of stuff that has been aimed at the manager recently?
"I'm not sure what kind of benefit their actions could have, but I know the effect it has had on others at the club.
"It has helped players and staff pull together, maybe more than we would have if it had not happened.
"Sometimes, through bad times, people get drawn together and there seems to be a togetherness and closeness that maybe was not apparent earlier on.
"I wouldn't want to say thanks to the idiots responsible but perhaps, inadvertently, they have done us a favour."
Liverpool face Marseille in the Uefa Cup on Thursday and England midfielder Murphy has revealed the club are aware of their goals for the season.
He said: "The players will be the first to admit that we have not always done ourselves justice this season, and we have had to cope with the problems that produces, but we are together and striving for the same thing.
"That is to finish in the Champions League positions and to win the Uefa Cup. We did that before and we can do it again.
"This is a massive time for us at the moment. We are going to have to stick together, we have four games in something like 10 days and then the return in Marseille.
"It must be obvious to everyone how important these next few days will be for the rest of our season."