Liverpool must not let Lucas and Sakho leave this summer

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers simply cannot afford to lose key squad members Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva.

While neither player has played a minute of competitive football this season, both are integral to the Reds' chances of regaining Champions League football.

Rodgers mistakes?

Rodgers' decision to start the new season with Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel as Liverpool's first choice centre-back pairing has been criticised by a number of Reds fans.


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Sakho enjoyed a strong partnership with Martin Skrtel in a run that saw Liverpool recover from a terrible start to the season to win 11 games in a row last year.

Lucas also played a massive part in this run, shielding the back four and allowing the ever-flourishing Jordan Henderson to make impressive attacking runs. 

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Sakho the unit

Sakho, carless at times, may not be the most attractive defender to watch, but this huge physical presence has a great eye for a pass and does not lose many headers.

Opposition teams look to target him, and while he is prone to mistakes, has to be seen as a better option than the frankly inconsistent Lovren. Sakho has been the subject of loan offers from AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen, which Liverpool have reportedly knocked back.

Meanwhile Lucas...

Lucas is frequently linked with Italian outfit Inter Milan, and a move could be possible now following their sale of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid.

Lucas and Sakho are both great squad players for Rodgers to have, and given Liverpool's involvement in the Europa League this campaign, he would be foolish to let them both leave. 

Liverpool fans, do you agree? Should Rodgers sell both Sakho and Lucas? Let us know in the comments box below.

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