Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Olympiakos following his release by Arsenal – much to Charlie Austin’s relief!

Jurgen Klopp’s defensive injury crisis has been well documented with both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk long-term absentees.

Sokratis won’t be joining Liverpool

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Sokratis won’t be joining Liverpool

Midfielder Fabinho has been forced to fill in there as cover, as well as skipper Jordan Henderson. Youngsters Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips have also been called up.

And while Klopp suggested it was unlikely the Reds would delve into the transfer market this month, The Athletic recently revealed that Liverpool had made contact with Sokratis over a deal.

That took many by surprise – not least QPR loanee and Liverpool fan Charlie Austin, who made his talkSPORT Breakfast debut on Monday.

Austin was quizzed on what he made of the Merseyside club’s links to Sokratis and responded: “Panic. I don’t think he’s the right signing for the club.

“Is this going to be a short-term thing?

“Obviously he’s not someone who is going to be [there for the] long-term with all respect to him.

“You look through what he done at Arsenal – it’s not Champions [esque] performances. He’s not just going to slot into the Liverpool team alongside [Virgil] Van Dijk and [Joe] Gomez when they do come back.

“For me here are plenty of other defenders out there and if you’re talking about Liverpool they can attract the best in the world so why are they going to sign him?”

Austin need not worry with Olympiacos confirming Sokratis’ arrival on Monday evening.

Sokratis, who was on Arsenal’s books from 2018 to 2021, has put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year contract with the Greek giants.



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