Mamadou Sakho has escaped a hefty fine from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp despite the disparaging comments he made about the club on his personal Snapchat account.
The France international claimed Klopp had "lied" to the media over the reason he is not in the team, saying he has been fully fit to play for three weeks and is even being excluded from Under-21 fixtures.
Sakho returned to training on Sunday and Klopp confirmed that the atmosphere around the centre-back "was not positive" before promising to handle the situation. Liverpool would have grounds to fine Sakho but Klopp is not a believer of monetary punishment.
According to The Mirror, Klopp instead had crunch talks with Sakho where it was underlined that he will not play for Liverpool again unless there is a serious injury crisis in defence. And by serious, we mean serious.
Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip , Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Lucas and youngster Kevin Stewart are all thought to be ahead of Sakho in the pecking order, meaning it would take an exceptional fitness problem to see Sakho in a Liverpool shirt this season.
It is certainly a grim outlook for his future but Sakho cannot claim he was not warned that a situation like this was coming. Klopp had advised him to find a new club all summer, insisting the arrivals of Matip and Klaven placed him well down the pecking order. However, Sakho rejected the chance to join several clubs on loan, irking Klopp further.
No more Outbursts
The Snapchat was shared widely on Saturday morning with the majority of Liverpool fans left uneasy by the comments made.
“Now it’s 3 weeks since I am fit to play games,” wrote Sakho on Snapchat. “I finish all my rehabilitation work. They don’t want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don’t know.
“Still working hard like Scouse Soldier! Still not talking cos I want speak on pitch.. I will speak soon for the people who support me and don’t understand the situation.
“Still happy to live in my 'Liverpool Country' with my family, hope to have chance to play soon to give my best like I try to do always! I accept my situation but I can’t accept the lie… The fans deserve to know the true! Thanks for your support.”
While Klopp said he would not fine Sakho, it appears he also did not rule it out if there were further breaches of conduct. In the same meeting, the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz manager made it clear that any more outbursts of a similar nature would lead to serious consequences.