Liverpool selling Sakho and signing Lemar makes no sense tactically

Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace (L) and Dusan Tadic of Southampton (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on...

Liverpool selling Mamadou Sakho to Crystal Palace and signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco is not what the Reds need.

Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace (L) and Dusan Tadic of Southampton (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on...Mamadou Sakho of Crystal Palace (L) and Dusan Tadic of Southampton (R) battle for possession.

Crystal Palace are keen to sign Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool before Thursday's transfer deadline, reports the BBC, with it still thought to cost around £30m to land the defender.

Sakho has been on the Eagles' wishlist since impressing while on loan during the latter half of last season, but his price-tag had put them off until this point.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool.

The 27-year-old is thought to favour a move to Selhurst Park over other proposed switches to Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion after not playing for the Reds since the 2015/16 season following a falling out with manager Jurgen Klopp.

While Sakho is on his way out of Anfield, according to Sky Sports the Merseysiders remain in the hunt for Monaco's Thomas Lemar after having two bids for the winger rejected so far - the latest of which was around £64.8m.

Yet while Lemar would add more quality to an already impressive attacking lineup under Klopp, it is surely improving the defence that should remain the German's priority?

Thomas Lemar of Monaco  during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between AS Monaco v Juventus at Stade Louis II on May 3, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.Thomas Lemar of Monaco during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match against Juventus.

They may have kept successive Premier League clean-sheets to Crystal Palace and Arsenal most recently, but that was more to do with their opponents' lack of impetus going forward than Liverpool's strength at the back. The error-laden 3-3 opening day draw with Watford was probably a better example of the defensive frailties that remain in the team.

While almost everyone accepts Sakho has no future under Klopp, it still makes no sense to sell a centre-back and buy a forward when scoring goals isn't the problem; conceding them is.

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