Klopp left shocked at how Celtic allowed outstanding star to leave
Date published: Friday 20th September 2019 9:14
But the 25-year-old was deemed to be too small and went on to begin his senior career with Queen’s Park, before moving to Dundee United and then Hull City.
Klopp saw something in the player, however, and brought him to Anfield for a bargain £8m in July 2017.
The Reds chief said, as reported in the Evening Times: “It’s so difficult to understand when you look at him now that anyone could ever have let him go.
“Left-back is such an important position and I don’t think in Scotland they have 500 of them, do they? So it’s hard to imagine how you can give up on a boy like this.
“It cannot be his personality or character. It cannot be his speed because he was always quick. It cannot be the quality of his left foot because it was always brilliant when he played for Hull and when I saw him play for Dundee United.
“So a left-back with speed, quality and character? You have to keep him and work with him.
“Yes, he had to improve his defending when he came here but he did it because he has a big heart and all I can say is it would have been a joy for me if I’d met him earlier than I did.”