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Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says Liverpool’s reason for selling Mamadou Sakho is quite obvious after he watched the Frenchman’s performance in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 triumph over the Blues at the Selhurst Park.
Antonio Conte’s reigning champions were expected to crumble Palace who was yet to secure a win since the commencement of the season but were soon struggling due to their lackluster performance.
Own goal by Cesar Azpilicueta gave Crystal Palace the lead in the 11th minute before Tiemoue Bakayoko scored an equalizing goal in the 18th minute.
Wilfried Zaha scored the winning goal for the Eagles in the 45th minute, leading the home side to their first league victory of the season and Chelsea an unforgettable defeat.
But Chelsea did have chances to level the score sheet and with the game just a few minutes to end Sakho produced backheel in his own penalty box as he attempted to deflect the ball off a blues player to win a goal kick.
Sinclair was taken aback by the unprofessional decision made by Sakho, with Chelsea nearly capitalizing on the Frenchman’s howler.
And former defender Sinclair thinks in that moment it was clear to see just why Liverpool relieved him of his contract at Anfield.
“That’s why Liverpool got rid of him”, Sinclair said on Chelsea TV, looking shocked at what he had just witnessed.
“You can’t defend like that.
“He’s half a yard off his own backline, in his own six-yard box and he tries to backheel it off a forward for a goal kick.
“And nearly cost his team.”
Sakho transferred to Crystal Palace from Liverpool in the summer, with the Frenchman having lost his place in the regular starting line-up a year earlier.