Jurgen Klopp was wrong to sell Mamadou Sakho this summer - Phil Thompson

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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has berated Reds boss Jurgen Klopp's decision to allow Mamadou Sakho to join Crystal Palace this summer, stating the German manager offloaded the club's "best defender".

The former Paris Saint-Germain man joined the Eagles on transfer deadline day, for a fee believed to be in the region of £26 million, after a tumultuous four year period at Anfield.

The France defender was frozen out of the Reds squad by Klopp due to numerous disciplinary issues and played his last game for the club in April 2016. He was a warrior, a fighter, a battler - all those things and you saw it at Crystal Palace last season.

"I would like to think he's building a side now". I know there's fallouts in football all the time but somewhere along the line you can't cut off your nose to spite your face.

"Klopp should have made up with the boy".

Thompson added: "They lost out on Virgil van Dijk for whatever reason but when it happened they should have kept Sakho".

"Our best defender at the start of this season has been allowed to leave", Thompson told Sky Sports. I believe they are better now [than under Brendan Rodgers].

"Sakho was very good and I'd heard some positive things about him and I can understand why he's a favourite with the Selhurst fans".

And Sako has highlighted the importance of the former Liverpool man, who made his first appearance since joining this summer in the 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Who would they bring in [to replace Klopp]?

"These people who are questioning Klopp, I'm not hearing anybody come up with a solution to it", he said.