By Alex Miller
at the Leaders in Football Conference, London
7 October 2010
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy today revealed his delight at the probability of his old club moving towards new ownership.
“The club is going through turmoil, but it looks like the situation will be sorted soon. Liverpool being a force makes the Premier League better”.
Fulham captain Murphy played under Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson last season for the London club and he believes Hodgson is still the right man for the job, despite the club currently languishing in a relegation spot.
“I would never have thought Roy would have suffered that much of a problem at Liverpool and I am not sure why he has. Roy is the right man for the job though, but Torres currently has no back-up and is struggling for goals.
“The boardroom situation is usually an excuse, but I’m sure the Liverpool players are not using that. They [the players] don’t have an ideal platform and haven’t won trophies for several years,” he said.
Murphy also believes Hodgson is suffering as a consequence of the changes former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez made at the club.
“There was an influx of Spanish and foreign players and staff and that took away from what Liverpool was all about. It has been going on for years.
“The ownership issues and the bad start to the season have simply highlighted these problems. There are a lot of factors in the demise of the club – but they are not going to be the new Leeds. I don’t believe that for one second.”
Over at ESPN, Murphy also explains how managers should take responsibility for players’ bad tackles.