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  • David Tyrer

Murphy admits to regret at leaving Liverpool

If we all had a pound for every player that's left Liverpool and hasn't regretted it by the time they've retired, we'd all be very rich LFC fans.

One such former footballer is BBC pundit Danny Murphy, who left Liverpool when Rafa Benitez first arrived back in 2004, to join Charlton Athletic.

Murphy had had a successful time at Anfield, playing well over 200 times in a seven year spell, which saw him involved in the treble winning season in 2001.

But he's spoken about his regret at leaving the club, saying he should have given it a go under Rafa, after seeing us win the Champions League in 2005.

Speaking on Match of Their Day to Gary Lineker, he said: "I feel very lucky to have played for the team that I supported and loved growing up that’s all I ever wanted to do.

"To win trophies playing for the team you loved is very surreal. It’s probably only when you look back now in hindsight the enormity of it.

"I think the only thing for me of course is the year I left they won the Champions League and maybe I could have stayed and fought a bit hard under Rafa.

"It was a difficult decision for me at the time because I was so used to playing and I loved playing and he did make it clear to me more than once that wasn’t going to be the case.

"So I had a difficult choice to make in a very short space period. I am not someone who believes, people say I have no regrets but I do I regret not staying.

"But life is what it is. It was a wonderful seven years for me and still being part of that Liverpool family is very special to me."


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