Tim Sherwood is bemused by Liverpool’s decision to loan out Nathaniel Clyne amid a barrage of defensive injuries for the club.
The Englishman joined Bournemouth for the remainder of the season in January, despite the absence of both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez.
Liverpool have been forced to play without a recognised right-back in each of their last three games, and now face a similar scenario ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bournemouth.
Whilst Alexander-Arnold is nearing his recovery from a knee issue, Gomez faces another month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his fractured leg.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate, Sherwood 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.”
“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.”
James Milner has emerged as Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice alternative at full-back, but has shown understandable frailties against quicker opponents in recent outings.
Skipper Jordan Henderson also produced an admirable performance in the make-shift role against Leicester City, yet also highlighted the disruption injuries have caused at the back.
The decision to let Clyne leave is a surprising one and one the Reds must now find a way to justify over the remainder of the title race.