Sky pundit explains why Klopp has taken a major Liverpool risk
By Dominic Toner
Charlie Nicholas believes that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have taken a risk by not signing a senior defender in the January transfer window.
The Reds allowed Mamadou Sakho to join Crystal Palace on a six-month loan deal on deadline day, but Nicholas has questioned whether they have enough options in their squad.
Sakho has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield this season and has not made a senior appearance.
The 26-year-old was sent home early on the club’s pre-season tour after a breach of discipline an has fallen out-of-favour.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas feels that Klopp has taken a gamble by not adding an extra senior defender to replace Sakho.
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“Plenty of youngsters have been blooded but centre-backs aren’t coming through, Sakho’s gone and they’ve got nobody in to replace him.,” Nicholas said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “A club of Liverpool’s stature should have gone out and added someone on loan.
“Jurgen Klopp’s taken a massive risk; I think he could have gone abroad and got some defensive protection in.”
Liverpool currently have Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip as their preferred option, while Ragnar Klavan is the normal replacement.
Klopp can also turn to make-shift centre-back Lucas or emerging youngster Joe Gomez to cover and feels he has enough options in his squad.
The Merseyside club earned a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Tuesday night and remain 10 points behind the Premier League leaders.
In other Liverpool news, Stan Collymore identified four major problem areas at the club.