By Harry Sykes
Danny Murphy has revealed he was offered a contract from Tottenham worth twice as much as the one he signed when he joined Liverpool.
The former Liverpool and Spurs playmaker was in demand in 1997 as he plotted his next career move at the age of 20 after graduating from the fame Crewe academy.
There were offers on the table from both Premier League big hitters and Murphy explained how he reluctantly did due diligence to aid his negotiating power.
But he snubbed a far more lucrative deal from Tottenham to join boyhood club Liverpool after their offer tugged at his heartstrings.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club programme on Friday night, Murphy said: “I knew it was coming a couple of months before but I’d been to see Tottenham as well, before I saw Liverpool.
“People said we should go to compare, but I knew I wanted to sign for Liverpool.
“I was like ‘really?’ and my agent was like ‘go and do it’ as they knew it’d help him in negotiations.”
Murphy was so keen to put pen to paper with the Merseyside giants that he paid little attention to the club’s sales pitch.
“Roy Evans was manager and he was talking but I wasn’t really listening,” he added to Fantasy Football Club. “He said ‘shall we get the contract signed?’ and I said, ‘yep, fine’.
“I signed for Liverpool within an hour of being there and for half the money Tottenham were offering me.
“But it was my club, what could I do? I just couldn’t believe it. It took me a while to come to terms with being there. John Barnes was a hero of mine and I’m doing pre-season training with him a week later.”
Murphy spent seven years at Liverpool and was a key member of the treble-winning side of 2001 before quitting for Charlton in 2004.
He then finally moved to Tottenham a year later but had a mixed 18 months before joining Fulham in 2007 and going on to play some of the best football of his career in five years at Craven Cottage.
Murphy is now a BBC pundit and a regular on Match of the Day, using the experience gleaned from 20 years of professional football.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a proven Premier League performer has revealed how the deal was done for him to move to White Hart Lane until a last-minute change.