Liverpool legend and former defender Phil Thompson has blasted Jurgen Klopp for letting Mamadou Sakho leave without bringing in an able replacement.
Sakho fell out of favour with the Reds manager during Liverpool’s pre-season tour last year and was sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in January after being completely neglected for almost 5 months.
The Frenchman, though, didn’t let that treatment affect his head and was key to the Eagles’ Premier League survival last term.
“Our best defender at the start of this season has been allowed to leave,” Thompson told Sky Sports.
“I know there are fallouts in football all the time but somewhere along the line, you can’t cut off your nose to spite your face.
“He (Klopp) should have made up with the boy, ban him for three or four months and then bring him back in.”
It was very much expected that Klopp will sell the defender in the summer but the Reds shockingly didn’t buy any replacement before accepting a £26m offer from Palace on the deadline day.
Liverpool have already conceded 18 goals in 10 games so far this season and have tried all possible combinations of their available centre-backs in central defence.
Thommo’s frustration, just like that of any other Liverpool supporter, is completely justified as, despite the glaring weakness at the back, we couldn’t look beyond Virgil van Dijk ahead of a far challenging season than the last one.
While it remains to be seen whether the Reds will make their first official approach for the Dutchman in January, let’s just hope that we avoid any possible irreparable damage to this season until then.
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