Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool career has been pretty eventful since he signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £18 million in the summer of 2013.
Constant injury niggles prevented him from playing constantly in his debut season as Liverpool came within inches of winning the Premier League.
In the following campaign, he was left out of the squad by Brendan Rodgers for the Merseyside derby at Anfield in September. After hearing this news, the Frenchman left the stadium and went home, refusing to watch from the stands.
However, he later apologised and soon established himself as a first-team regular.
That was still the case when Jurgen Klopp took over from Rodgers with Sakho forming a solid partnership with Dejan Lovren. He became a crowd favourite due to his passion and consistent displays with chants of ‘Sakho, Sakho, Sakho’ often being heard towards the end of the season.
Those chants got even louder when he scored a header in the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund to help them complete a magnificent 4-3 comeback victory, before scoring against Everton at Anfield a couple of days later in a 4-0 win.
In an interview after the Dortmund match, he said he was doing it for all of the “Liverpool country,” - a comment that made him a hero amongst the supporters.
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But then things went downhill quickly for Sakho.
In April, he was investigated by UEFA for violating an anti-doping rule with him being found guilty of taking a fat-burning substance. He was handed a 30-day, meaning he would miss the remainder of the campaign, including the Europa League final.
Sent home from US tour
He would have been hoping to been re-installed into the first-team during this season but Klopp had other ideas. He was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States for not respecting the rules in place after he turned up late for a flight, a medical treatment session and a team meal.
Klopp insisted at the time that it was only a minor issue but the Frenchman has been made to train and play with the youth time and it doesn’t look as though a return to the senior side is close.
In fact, according to L’Equipe, his Liverpool career is over. They report that Sakho ’no longer exists’ in Klopp’s eyes and will be sold in the January transfer window.
Recently, Sakho wrote a Snapchat message that read: “Now it’s 3 weeks since I am fit to play games.
“I finish all my rehabilitation work. They don’t want me to play also with second team lol! Why I don’t know.”
L’Equipe claim that this was the last straw for Klopp and the German boss doesn’t want him to part of his plans for the remainder of his reign at Liverpool.
It certainly is a huge change of fortunes for the 26-year-old who was a hero at the club just a few months ago.
Liverpool fans react
After reading this report, Liverpool fans have taken to social media to reveal their disappointment that a fan favourite is set to leave the club.
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With Lovren and Joel Matip being Klopp’s preferred centre-backs this season, the Reds are hoping to improve defensively as the campaign progresses. Klopp also moved to bring in Ragnar Klavan this summer, while Lucas Leiva was used there against Spurs in the EFL Cup. Joe Gomez is also returning from injury and is another player capable of playing as centre-back.
Therefore, Klopp has seemingly decided that he doesn’t need to call upon Sakho this season and will be seeking potential suitors for him come the winter transfer window.