Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes Liverpool made a “massive error” allowing Nathaniel Clyne to join Bournemouth on loan.
Liverpool’s perfect record against teams outside the top six has come to an abrupt halt in the last week, as the Reds have been forced to settle for draws with both Leicester and West Ham.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been ravaged by injuries, particularly in defence, where James Milner has had to try his best to stop the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Demarai Gray and Felipe Anderson in recent weeks.
With Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold both injured, the decision to send Clyne to Bournemouth does seem like an unnecessary risk, and Sherwood believes it will cost the Reds.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, he said: “To let Clyne go to Bournemouth is amazing for me.
“Why would you get rid of someone (you may need)? Trent Alexander-Arnold is injured as well so in the right-back area you really are struggling.
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“You’ve got Milner who is going to play in there and do his best, is an outstanding professional and is capable – but to let Nathaniel Clyne go to Bournemouth is incredible to me. I think it is a massive error of judgement by Liverpool.”
Sherwood took charge of Tottenham between 2013 and 2014 before a brief spell in charge of Aston Villa, and while he has no managerial honours, it’s hard to argue against the 49 year-old on this one.