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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 August, 2004, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Murphy takes parting shot
Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has joined Charlton
New Charlton signing Danny Murphy has said that Liverpool's large number of foreign signings have damaged the Anfield club's team spirit.

Murphy, who joined Charlton for 2.5m, said the loss of homegrown players like Robbie Fowler had cost Liverpool.

"Liverpool have lost some camaraderie with more English players leaving and other players coming in," said Murphy.

"How do you replace Robbie Fowler? You can't. I wanted to come to a club that was perhaps not so cosmopolitan."

Liverpool replaced former manager Gerard Houllier with Rafael Benitez from Valencia in an effort to bring back the club's glory days.

But Murphy said he preferred to work for an English manager.

"If you are working at a club that has stability it gives you peace of mind, and that is the case at Charlton," added Murphy

"I wanted to work under an English manager who I could have a crystal clear relationship with. Alan Curbishley has the things I look for in a manager.

"As soon as I met the chairman and manager I could see they had a good relationship, which is not all that common.

"It was a huge wrench to leave Liverpool.

"It has always been my club, and I will always support them. But this is a new chapter.

Murphy, who played in the Champions League and the Uefa Cup during his time at Liverpool, has set his sights on helping Charlton into Europe for the first time.

I think it is achievable for us to get into Europe this year
Danny Murphy
"This club has progressed a lot each time I have played against them," he said.

"They have got better and better, and I am really looking forward to working with Alan. I hope my attributes will make Charlton a better team.

"I know it is a step down from Liverpool but I wanted a different challenge and I think it is achievable for us to get into Europe this year."

The 27-year-old has won nine England caps but missed out on a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for Euro 2004.

"England was not really a factor in my move - that is secondary at the moment," he said.

"This was a football decision - I just wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing.

Murphy moved to Liverpool from Crewe for 3m in July 1997 and made 249 appearances, as well as winning nine England caps, before his Anfield exit.

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