The Liverpool boss hinted throughout the summer time that Sakho’s long term at Anfield may just nonetheless be resurrected after being frozen out following his pre-season excursion antics in 2016.
But Palace in the end stumped up sufficient cash to fulfill Liverpool’s valuation of the previous Paris Saint-Germain defender within the ultimate hours of the summer time window.
Sakho temporarily changed into a cult hero on Merseyside for his ungainly and unorthodox taste on the again whilst additionally being powerful in a problem and endeared himself to the Kop via embracing the tradition of town.
But he by no means recovered from a fall-out with Klopp, in spite of impressing on a quick-time period mortgage at Palace in the second one part of ultimate season.
Liverpool’s defensive woes were extremely criticised in fresh weeks with Klopp admitting he’s “sick” of conceding the similar targets time and time once more.
And Liverpool legend Thompson believes his former membership are missing the tenacity of any person like Sakho, who he thought to be the best choice at centre-again at Anfield.
“Our best defender at the start of this season has been allowed to leave,” Thompson informed Sky Sports’ The Debate display.
“Mamadou Sakho used to be our best defender. He used to be a warrior, a fighter, a battler – all the ones issues and also you noticed it at Crystal Palace ultimate season.
“He used to be like that at Liverpool. I do know there’s fallouts in soccer at all times however someplace alongside the road you’ll be able to’t bring to a halt your nostril to spite your face.
“He will have to have made up with the boy, ban him for 3 or 4 months after which deliver him again in.
“And now you lose out to Van Dijk for no matter reason why that took place so no doubt you possibly can be conserving Sakho.
“Lovren is a just right participant, Matip’s a just right participant, Klavan too, however they’re now not battlers.”