Christie Murray: Why leaving Liverpool was for the best

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Scotland international Christie Murray called time on her spell with Liverpool back in May.

After several players announced they would be departing the Merseyside outfit, Murray followed suit in handing in her notice.

“I didn’t really play much at Liverpool last season,” the 30-year-old told Ben McNicol. Indeed, Murray featured just six times in red before the season came to an early conclusion. She also missed out on playing in front of 23,500 people at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.

Despite being one of the more senior members of the squad, Liverpool opted not to renew her contract.

Murray signed for Liverpool in 2018 after joining former boss Neil Redfearn in a move from Doncaster Belles.

Despite the Reds being two-time league champions, Murray didn’t see much of that winning mentality during her time on Merseyside. It seems now that Vicky Jepson’s side are very much a team in transition and will hope to recruit this summer.

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“It felt like for both parties that leaving was the best option,” Murray continued. “I want to be in an environment where I am enjoying my football again and be playing.”

As a result of COVID-19, the Women’s Super League was halted, with the remaining fixtures decided by a points-per-game system. Liverpool’s underwhelming run of form saw them relegated to the Championship. Understandably, Murray is looking for a move that will challenge her as a professional.

“I’m very open-minded in terms of my next move. I just want to be playing in a full-time environment and want to be playing in a place where I feel valued. I’ve had offers in both England and Scotland,” the Scot continued.

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Prior to her Liverpool move, Murray enjoyed spells with Arsenal and Celtic. A move should be no problem for a veteran of the game with 66 senior caps for her country.

The versatile midfielder represented Scotland at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. It was the Tartan Army’s first campaign on the international stage and despite an early exit, it marked a milestone for the nation.

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“Being part of the first Scottish Women’s World Cup squad is definitely the highlight of my career,” Murray reflected. “I hope we can qualify for the Euros in 2022 and continue to try and help push the game forward in Scotland.

“In every tournament we have played in I feel like we have grown and I hope we can grow again.”

Fellow Scotland internationals Caroline Weir and Kim Little are integral parts of their domestic team. It’s only a matter of time before Murray signs for a club that shares the same vision as her, where she can showcase the best of her ability.

Read Christie Murray’s full interview here.

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