It’s been a turbulent time for Mamadou Sakho at Liverpool recently.
A couple of months ago, he was regarded as a fan favourite at Anfield before the incident surrounding a ‘failed’ drugs test.
Sakho was banned for 30 days at the end of the campaign, missing the Europa League and the final few matches in the Premier League. However, after UEFA deemed that the fat-burning substance the Frenchman took shouldn’t belong on the banned list, it appeared Sakho’s career was back on track.
Then, this summer, he was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of America for his behaviour and there were suddenly more question marks regarding his career on Merseyside.
Since being sent home for being late for a flight, being late for a meal and missing a treatment session, the defender was immediately linked with a move away from the club, with Roma being named as favourites to sign him.
But Sakho’s agent, Niakate Housseyni has seemingly ruled out any chance of Sakho swapping Liverpool for Rome.
“No, I haven’t had any contact with Roma,” he told LaRoma24, per the Liverpool Echo.
“He didn’t have an argument with his manager, Jurgen Klopp.
“So he’ll stay at Liverpool? Yes, he’s a Liverpool player. I don’t think Roma have that opportunity right now.”
Not guaranteed to start
With Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan in the ranks, Sakho certainly isn’t guaranteed a starting spot for the Reds this season - especially if he doesn’t start impressing Klopp with his behaviour.
The comments from Sakho’s agents echo what Klopp said after he sent his player home. The German boss said: “It’s not that serious. He nearly missed the departure of the plane, he missed a session and was late for a meal.
“We have some rules and we have to respect them.
“It is private how he reacted. But we had no argument, it wasn’t ‘aghh, you, no...’.
“I spoke. You cannot argue when only one person is speaking. That’s all.”
So, it seems that, although Klopp may not have been too impressed with Sakho’s behaviour in the United States, there is no chance of him leaving the club in the coming weeks.