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Jurgen Klopp admits surprise at Mikel Arteta loaning out Albert Sambi Lokonga

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Jurgen Klopp surprised by Arteta’s decision to loan Lokonga

Jurgen Klopp expressed astonishment at Mikel Arteta’s decision to loan out Albert Sambi Lokonga to Luton Town. The Belgian midfielder, signed by Arsenal for £17.2 million from Anderlecht in 2021, found himself on the periphery during his time at the Emirates Stadium. Despite glimpses of promise, Lokonga struggled to cement a regular starting position under Arteta.

However, since joining Luton on loan, Lokonga has flourished, becoming an integral part of their midfield and impressing with his performances.

Klopp, speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Luton, admitted his surprise at Arsenal’s choice to loan out such a talented player, especially considering their own struggles in midfield depth at times during the season.

Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Luton at Anfield on Wednesday, Klopp said: “[Albert Sambi] Lokonga when you see him playing and you think, oh – He’s an Arsenal player and they loaned him? Interesting.”

Liverpool, currently in a tight title race, see the game against Luton as crucial in their quest for Premier League glory. With the Reds aiming to extend their lead at the top, Klopp acknowledges the threat posed by a Luton side fighting for survival in the top flight.

The unexpected success of Lokonga at Luton serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of football, with players often flourishing in unexpected environments.

As Liverpool prepare for a challenging encounter, Klopp’s surprise at Lokonga’s loan underscores the intricacies of player development and squad management in modern football.

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