Mamadou Sakho has been handed a surprise lifeline by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after he was named in his first starting lineup of the season.
The France international will line up alongside some of Liverpool's best young players as the Under-23 team takes on Wolfsburg Under-23s in the Premier League International Cup. Tiago Ilori joins him in defence.
It will be Sakho's first opportunity to show Klopp he is ready to play first-team football again but he faces a long road ahead if he is to play in the Premier League proper this season.
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Sakho is still widely believed to be finished at Anfield. He was sent home from their pre-season tour of America after a number of behavioural violations and further irked Klopp after refusing to take his advice and leave on loan.
The centre-back rejected a number of offers in the summer transfer window despite being told he was well down Klopp's pecking order.
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He then risked the wrath of the fiery German by releasing a poorly worded statement on his Snapchat account, accusing the club of lying about his situation.
Despite all of this, Klopp is still giving Sakho the chance to play for the club, albeit at youth level. Liverpool fans around the country are still taking in the news but the majority of them seem happy to have him back in the fold.
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Serious injury crisis
Sakho's presence in the Under-23 team comes only 24 hours after The Mirror claimed he had been told he is unlikely to play for the club again.
Klopp decided against handing the former PSG man a fine for his comments on Snapchat but made it clear that only a serious injury crisis would see him promoted to the first-team.
Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip , Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Lucas and even Kevin Stewart are considered to be ahead of him in the pecking order while Ilori could also stake his claim to be seventh-choice with a good performance tonight.
When asked about Sakho's conduct, Klopp said: "The thing is I was kind of confronted with this, somebody told me this morning there was something I should know about. Actually on a match day I'm really in a completely wrong mood to think about things like this.
"I know something was on the thing that neither of us use [Snapchat].
"But it's not the right moment to speak about it. Most of the times in life it makes sense to think about something and then it's more likely that you give the right answer.
"It's not positive I would say. I will address the situation when I think it's the right moment. I haven't decided when that is yet. But it's not Christmas."
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