Jurgen Klopp should have sold two other Liverpool players before sacrificing forward Rhian Brewster, according to ex-Reds captain Phil Thompson.
Young attacker Brewster joined Sheffield United in a £23.5million deal which also includes both sell-on and buyback clauses, as the Reds sought to balance the books during a summer dominated by the affect of coronavirus on their finances.
Brewster, 20, was seen as an exciting attacking option at Anfield, and he had hoped to progress at the club after scoring 11 goals in 22 games on loan at Swansea City last season.
However, his apparent inability to play in multiple positions across the front line seemed to count against him, and the Reds moved for the more versatile Diogo Jota in a bid to boost their attacking reserves.
Thompson feels they could have done that differently though, and cited two of their Premier League and Champions League winning squad players as potential exits instead of the younger Brewster.
"On the outgoings, I’m disappointed that they decided to let Rhian Brewster go," Thompson told Paddy Power.
"I’d like him to have stayed. I can see some of the reasons why, but if you were asking me whether to go with Brewster or Divock Origi, for me, it’d be Origi going.
"But on the football side, I can see he isn’t playing as many games, so maybe it’ll get him that first-team experience.
"There’s not too many forwards that have the aggression that Brewster has though.
"There’s a couple of others that could have gone, Xherdan Shaqiri for example could’ve brought a few quid in.
"Maybe the outgoings haven’t gone the way they’d like – but the incomings have been really good."
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Of those incomings, Thompson is particularly pleased with the Jota deal having watched him at close quarters as a pundit for Sky Sports.
‘We were looking at someone else in a more attacking position, and I did a lot of Wolves games last year, and I was absolutely raving about Diogo Jota for months," he continued.
"This fella could play for all of the big clubs – no disrespect to Wolves – and when Liverpool signed him I thought it was a bit like the Sadio Mane signing.
"When he joined, people were saying: ‘Sadio Mane? Eh, plays for Southampton, is he any good?’ and look at him now, a superstar. A world class player.
"And I think Diogo Jota can bring that to the club once again. He’s a terrific signing."
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