Danny Murphy revealed a touching story about Gerard Houllier on talkSPORT as the previous Liverpool midfielder paid an emotional tribute to the late Frenchman on Monday.
It was introduced earlier within the day that Houllier had handed away on the age of 73 after an extended interval fighting unwell well being.
Tributes have poured in far and vast for the hugely-respected coach, who had undergone coronary heart surgical procedure simply three weeks previous to his dying.
Murphy had a really shut bond with Houllier throughout a profitable stint at his boyhood membership and was visibly emotional when discussing his premature passing on air.
The previous Fulham skipper recalled a narrative displaying Houllier’s unselfish nature after Liverpool edged previous Birmingham on penalties on the Millennium Stadium to win the League Cup in February 2001.
Houllier led Liverpool to 5 main trophies, together with the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in a shocking treble success within the 2000/01 marketing campaign.
The primary of these accolades got here in opposition to the Blues, however Murphy was unavailable to take part within the closing on account of a knee problem.
Murphy joined in with the celebrations after the sport, however wasn’t awarded a medal owing to his absence from the showpiece – till Houllier took issues into his personal arms.
He defined: “This sums up Houllier. The primary trophy we gained, I performed each spherical within the League Cup and scored two within the semi-final at house – after which I did my medial [collateral] ligament.
“I solely tweaked it however I couldn’t play within the closing. And again then there have been solely medals for the lads who acquired stripped. We gained on penalties, fortunately actually.
“We shouldn’t have gained however we did and also you’re celebrating with out actually being too concerned since you haven’t performed.
“I didn’t get a medal and I assumed, ‘you realize what it’s not the top of the world, I’m not that huge on medals anyway’.
“He [Houllier] stated, ‘you haven’t acquired a medal haven’t you?’ And I stated, ‘No.’ So he took his off and gave me his. There after which.
“Now he [could have] carried out that as an afterthought a day or two later, however to really acknowledge it there after which – he had that contact of sophistication.
“I couldn’t imagine it. I stated thanks – it didn’t imply a lot to him nevertheless it was extra of a case of him wanting me to have a reward for my contributions.”