Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would be a ‘hell of a player’ at Liverpool, says Danny Murphy

first_img Arteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relaxTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:08FullscreenArteta post-Leeds win: We are not good enough to relax is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Xhaka lost the captain’s armband after clashing with his own fans during a home match against Crystal Palace and has only recently begun to feature regularly for Arsenal again.ADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old is being strongly linked with a January move away from north London but Murphy has defended Xhaka, claiming he would flourish alongside better players at a club like Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘If Xhaka was in Liverpool’s side with Henderson and Fabinho, he would look a hell of a player because he is technically good, a good passer, has a great shot on him and he has the ability with his great left foot to open you up,’ Murphy told talkSPORT.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But when you are playing in a team that is struggling a bit, he is a passenger defensively and a liability.‘It is a dilemma for Mikel Arteta because he has a squad that needs a bit of tinkering.’Xhaka played 90 minutes of Arsenal’s last fixture, a 1-0 win over Leeds United in the third round of the FA Cup.MORE: Paul Merson urges Arsenal should avoid signing Jerome Boateng from Bayern MunichMORE: Emile Smith-Rowe close to January move as Arsenal work on shifting as many as 12 players Advertisement Comment Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would flourish at Liverpool, according to Danny Murphy (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would be ‘a hell of a player’ at Premier League leaders Liverpool, according to Danny Murphy.Xhaka has endured a turbulent spell at the Emirates since joining Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach four years ago.While the Switzerland international has made more than 150 appearances for the Premier League club, he has had a strained relationship with Arsenal’s fans, which came to a head in October. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would be a ‘hell of a player’ at Liverpool, says Danny Murphy Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jan 2020 11:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Lakers become one of NBA favorites after landing LeBron James

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are some of the before and after odds …. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Houston Rockets were next at 7-1 with the Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1. Cleveland, which advanced to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season before getting swept by the Warriors, fell to the bottom at 500-1 after losing James to the Lakers.The increased wagering on the Lakers is not just because of James, but also because of the possibility that it can still add stars such as Kawhi Leonard, who the Lakers are trying to pry away from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade, or New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins, who is a free agent.“Within a matter of minutes, we took money on (the Lakers) and went down to 7-2,” Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It doesn’t mean they’re the second- or third-best power-rated team. But we anticipate futures bets on them. We’re trying to be proactive.“The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it’s Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else.”Even after posting a 35-win season and missing the playoffs, most sportsbooks, including Westgate, listed the Lakers at 20-1 immediately after the Lakers’ season ended because of its cap space and possibility that it could land stars such as James in free agency. By the middle of June and with the anticipation building that the Lakers would likely add stars, their odds of winning a title dropped as low as 10-1.According to ESPN, as NBA free agency approached, Westgate took more bets on the Lakers to win next year’s title than anyone else, which included a $4,500 bet at 12-1.CG Technology, another Las Vegas sportsbook, said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1.With the Lakers’ roster still far from complete, the odds will likely continue to change heading to the fall. LeBron James has the betting world spinning its head.While NBA analysts discuss the impact of James announcing Sunday that he intends to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal to join the Lakers, Las Vegas oddsmakers quickly anointed the Lakers as one off the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.Las Vegas SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman of Westgate listed the Lakers at 7-2 along with the the Boston Celtics and behind everyone’s overwhelming favorite, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at 10-11, which translates to -110 to three-peat.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Initially the Lakers were listed at 9-2 after news broke late Sunday afternoon that James has agreed to the Lakers, but a flurry of betting made them the second-overall favorite along with rival Boston.last_img read more