5 Mar 2017

Gerrard raves: 'Exceptional' £20m powerhouse is a 'no-nonsense' leader. Ideal for Liverpool?

Anfield legend Steven Gerrard has leapt to the defence of Liverpool outcast Jurgen Klopp, who was unfairly bombed out of Liverpool by grudge-holding Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

When last night about Sakho, Gerrard - who played alongside the France defender during his final twos years at Anfield - told BT Sport:

"He [Sakho] is a good defender. He's no-nonsense leader, and has been a big factor in Palace’s upturn in form".

I've outlined my view on the Sakho-Klopp fiasco many times in the past, so I won't repeat myself here. I'm not a huge fan of Sakho, but farming him out on loan (despite Lovren's regular injury issues, and Matip being unavailable) left Liverpool weak in central defence, and had a negative impact on the team.

Klopp's job is to utilise the playing assets in a way that benefits the team, but in this case, he (arguably) sabotaged the team by allowing his own personal feelings to get in the way of making the right decision.

Sakho - who cost Liverpool £20m - paid the price for his comparatively minor infractions last summer, and UEFA cleared him of doping allegations, yet despite Klopp's claim that Sakho's piffling transgressions were 'not serious', he proceed to ignore the defender for SIX MONTHS.

In my view, it's a disgrace. The punishment didn't fit the crime, and Klopp had no credible excuse to turn Sakho into a pariah at Anfield.

With Sakho in the team, Palace have achieved two clean sheets in a row, and this is after TEN MONTHS without playing a single game. According to Klopp, though, Liverpool are better off playing a central midfielder in defence (!)

^ Hailed by Gary Lineker as an 'exceptional defender'.

* Gerrard comments transcribed whilst watching live


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