Cape Town - Former Tottenham Hotspur manager turned football analyst Tim Sherwood believes that Liverpool made a mistake by sending Nathaniel Clyne out on loan to Bournemouth.
At the start of the year the Reds were sitting comfortable at the top of the Premier League with at 10-point lead over current champions Manchester City.
However, January has seen Jurgen Klopp's charges suffer due to unforeseen injuries. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are nursing injuries alongside Dejan Lovren. In their recent draw against West Ham United, Klopp had to rely on James Milner to play right-back while Joel Matip returned from injury to partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence.
Speaking on Sky Sports The Debate, Sherwood said: "They've picked up some injuries. [Losing] Joe Gomez [to injury] is a big blow for them. I thought he was outstanding and it looks like there's been a mistake with his injury, they seem to have left it a month or so and they've said he's got to have an operation. That is poor.
"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."
Meanwhile, City have the chance to pile the pressure on Liverpool if they are to claim three points at Goodison Park on Wednesday against Everton.
Liverpool next face Bournemouth on Saturday.