Came through the youth system at Crewe Alexandra under Dario Gradi's guidance and went on to make over 150 appearances for the Railwaymen. His league debut came on 11th December 1993 v Colchester United
Moved to Liverpool for £3million on 15th July 1997.
Played 200 times for the Reds and won five trophies in seven years hitting the net 44 times.
Spent a spell back on loan at Crewe from 9th February 1999 to 10th May 1999, making sixteen appearance sand scoring one goal.
Joined Charlton Athletic on 10th August 2004 for £2.5 million and went on to play 60 times and two substitute appearances, scoring 10 times.
Fell out with manager Alan Curbishley and was signed by Spurs on transfer deadline day - 31st January 2006 - for £2 million. An accomplished passer who was also good at getting on the end of moves to score, Murphy also brought a wealth of experience to the side. He lacked blistering pace, but was a busy midfielder who read the game well.