Playing is Murphy's motivation
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Danny Murphy has no regrets about leaving Liverpool in search of first team football.
Charlton midfielder Danny Murphy has no regrets about leaving Liverpool in search of first team football.
Murphy's departure last summer coincided with one of the most successful seasons in recent Reds history with the club lifting the 2005 UEFA Champions League trophy.
But Murphy is motivated less by the pursuit of trophies and lucrative contracts than by playing week in, week out; an opportunity Addicks manager Alan Curbishley was only too willing to afford him.
"Some players have to make a decision when they move over money. I didn't. The offers were about the same. It had nothing to do with finance," Murphy told The Star.
"I could have stayed at Liverpool and probably picked up a Champions League medal. I might though have been sitting in the stand and that would have been no good for me.
"My personal satisfaction comes from playing at the end of the week.
"I have sacrificed more medals by joining Charlton yet my personal happiness is important."
Tottenham were also interested onlookers when Murphy opted to up Anfield sticks last August but the England international revealed it was the lure of playing for Curbishley that facilitated his move to The Valley.
"People said I had to go to Spurs instead of Charlton," added the 28-year-old.
"'Why?' I said to them. 'Why have I got to go to Spurs just because they were once more successful?'
"For a so called big club they didn't try as hard to sign me as Charlton.
"The night before I had met Curbishley and we just clicked.
"I wanted to play for Curbishley.
"Whenever Liverpool played Charlton we always said in the dressing room that they were organised and played good football. I also liked his attitude - humble and honest."