William Gallas says it is “a shame” that Liverpool sold Mamadou Sakho this summer.
The Reds finally parted ways permanently with Sakho, who joined Crystal Palace in a £26m move late in the transfer window.
Sakho was once a fan favourite at Anfield and a first-choice centre-half, but he fell out with Jurgen Klopp in the summer of 2016 after turning up late to a number of training sessions and team meetings.
The Frenchman was eventually loaned out to Palace the following January, and made the move permanent this summer after it became clear that there was no way back on Merseyside.
Gallas, formerly of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, admits it is “a shame” that things didn’t work out for his compatriot.
“You’ve got to remember that when he first arrived, he was one of Klopp’s favourite,” he told SFR Sport. “I just think Klopp is the kind of guy that if you do the same thing three times, that’s it.
“It’s a shame because I feel like Mama had everything to explode at Liverpool. He was loved by the fans.”