A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to react to comments made by Danny Murphy on talkSPORT where he suggested that Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka would look a hell of a player if he played for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Few players in the Premier League seem to have come in for more criticism than Xhaka. He has struggled for much of his time with the Gunners. And his form contributed to his own fans turning on him as he left the field earlier this season.
But there have also been glimpses of Xhaka’s quality since his arrival in England. And – perhaps surprisingly after being quite scathing in his assessment of the Swiss’ performance in Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Leeds United on Monday – Murphy insisted that he could be a success at Liverpool.
“If Xhaka was in Liverpool’s side with [Jordan] 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,” he told talkSPORT.
“But when you are playing in a team that is struggling a bit, he is a passenger defensively and a liability.”
It should probably come as absolutely no surprise that Liverpool fans do not appear to agree with their former player. They have slammed Murphy and insisted that he is wrong.
In fact, many do not believe that he would get anywhere near Klopp’s side. Murphy does not appear to be suggesting that Xhaka is good enough for Liverpool, but rather that his teammates would be better equipped to hide his weaknesses.
Nevertheless, the Reds fans on social media are adamant that he does not have the ability to play any role in Klopp’s side. Perhaps they feel that Murphy’s comments are doing a disservice to what each individual in Liverpool’s squad brings to the side.
Here is what some of the Liverpool fans made of Murphy’s comments…
He’d still be Xhaka, so no thanks.
— James Benitez ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@AtlantaLFC) January 8, 2020
He can’t even replace injured Lallana
— Lee이유태🇰🇷 (@KoreaLFC) January 8, 2020
Murphy is having New Year’s hangover. Xhaka would not be able to get into even the Liverpool reserve team.
— Sasidharen (@Sasidharen2) January 8, 2020
What is danny Murphy’s obsession with getting players into this liverpool side.
As for Xhaka… no chance
— LFC Daytrippers Podcast (@LFCDaytrippers) January 8, 2020
He wouldn’t get through a training session at Liverpool.
— KloppToTheTop (@satishrajmohan) January 8, 2020
😂😂😂 I hope he’s joking. The guys terrible.
— Hamza (@hamzanumber1) January 8, 2020
— Simon Goodman (@simong0808) January 8, 2020
Danny Murphy is a terrible pundit.
— Adam (@ady_brown) January 8, 2020
— G. Dann (@PennyWise1983) January 8, 2020
Oh behave he is useless
— Steve Phillips (@Stixsamphotos) January 8, 2020