Liverpool may be flying high under Jurgen Klopp but not every member of the first team squad has been part of the club's recent success this season.
The future of French defender Mamadou Sakho has been unclear for some time now - dating back to his inappropriate behaviour during Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States - and he has been left out in the cold all season by his German manager.
Sakho rejected a loan move to Stoke City on transfer deadline day even though he knew game time was going to be at a premium. However, after two months training with the under-23s, it looks like the penny has finally dropped for the 26-year-old centre-back.
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According to a report in the Mirror, Sakho is finally willing to accept that he has no future at Anfield and will, therefore, look to move away from the club at the next possible opportunity.
The news comes just a day after L'Equipe claimed Klopp was desperate to sell the £18 million signing in January and, clearly, it looks like the Frenchman is ready to cooperate this time around.
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Unfortunately, just because Sakho and Liverpool are finally on the same page when it comes to the player's future, it doesn't mean finding the defender a new home will be particularly easy.
The same Mirror report notes that Ligue 1 club Lille are already interested in bringing the France international in on loan in January.
However, Sakho's £100,000 wages are likely to be a significant hurdle before any such deal can be agreed, and Liverpool "would have to heavily subsidise the loan move".
Before the season began, the majority of fans on Merseyside were hoping that Sakho and Klopp could set aside their difference and the centre-back would be able to return to the first-team fold after an absence caused first by a wrongly enforced drug ban and, then, by his ill-discipline during pre-season.
But, after the impressive form of Dejan Lovren and new signings Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, Sakho is now seen as an expendable member of the Liverpool squad.
Indeed, perhaps it has been seeing the good form of his teammates that has finally led to the French defender admitting that he must leave Anfield if he is to resurrect his career.
Sakho only signed a new five-year contract at the club 13 months ago. However, a year is a long time in football, and it looks like Klopp and co. can finally start making concrete plans for life after the 26-year-old.
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