Things are pretty rosy for Liverpool at the minute.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are riding high at the top of the Premier League and nobody can say that they don’t look like the real deal.
The Reds have won at Arsenal and Chelsea. They scored four against Leicester City, five against Hull City and six in their last outing against Watford.
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Even Gary Neville dared to upset Manchester United fans by admitting Liverpool can go all the way.
“I think looking at those two [Liverpool and Chelsea] they’re going to take some stopping with the fact that preparation time is key for those teams,” he told the Metro.
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“We’ve seen it in the past, Liverpool two or three years ago under Brendan Rodgers when they didn’t have Europe they were dangerous.”
Perhaps the main concern for Klopp at the minute will be the number of elite clubs lining up to make a move for Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the Brazilian playmaker.
There is another matter at Anfield that Klopp has quietly brushed to one side, and it’s that of Mamadou Sakho.
It’s nearly seven months since the Frenchman last played for Liverpool and he was sent home from their pre-season tour of the United States after breaking club rules.
Sakho recently told French TV: “I am very, very well. I have re-found my form.”
Yet French newspaper Le Parisien paint a different picture of Sakho’s current state. They believe he is privately “disgusted” by his treatment at Liverpool and is hoping to leave in January.
Sakho thought he'd get another chance
The 26-year-old was under the assumption that he would resume his place in Liverpool’s senior squad but clearly that hasn’t happened. He’s been made to train with the youth team and Klopp has shown no signs of giving him another chance.
Le Parisien add that AC Milan and Inter Milan have explored the possibility of rescuing Sakho.
Klopp explained why he sent Sakho home
After sending the defender home from the United States, Klopp admitted that he needed all of his players to adhere to his rules.
“He nearly missed the departure of Liverpool [on the plane from Liverpool to San Francisco], he missed a treatment session and was late for a team meal," Klopp said, via the Telegraph.
“I have to build a group here and we’ve got to start new here. I thought it maybe made sense for him to fly home to Liverpool.
“We have some rules and we have to respect them – if somebody gives me the feeling they are not respecting it I have to react.”