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Mamadou Sakho may not be heading to Basel with Liverpool for Wednesday's Europa League final, but that doesn't necessarily mean a banner paying tribute to him won't be...

Indeed, as you can see below, supporters of the club have created a truly comical banner.

Sakho, of course, picked up a ban after failing a drugs test following Liverpool's Europea League quarter-final victory over rivals Manchester United.


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The defender, who has also been suspended by Nike, tested positive for a 'fat-burner' and was suspended for 30 days by his club and UEFA at the end of April. 

With the investigation currently ongoing, it's far from certain as to how long he will be banned for, but the Daily Mail recently claimed that he could be sidelined for up to two years. 

Sakho drugs failure 

That, of course, would come as a major blow for Sakho, who had enjoyed a fine period under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp. 

The flamboyant defender may well have had his ups and downs on Merseyside, but there can be no denying the fact that he had hit top form before the emergence of his drugs failure. 

It certainly looks set to be an interesting period in the player's career, but it's safe to say that he will be cheering his side on at St. Jakob-Park.

A victory for Liverpool will not only see them secure their first trophy under Klopp but will qualify them for next season's Champions League competition. 

It won't be easy, of course - Sevilla have won the last two Europa League tournaments - but there's no reason why they won't be able to produce the goods in Switzerland. 

Mignolet speaks out 

Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who looks set to start between the sticks on Wednesday night, has insisted that the Reds can get over the line and secure the Europa League trophy. 

"We've knocked out three teams - Manchester United, Dortmund and Villareal - who will probably be playing in the Champions League next season," he said, as per Sky Sports.

"So that shows how big the competition was this year. We've got a good chance of winning the final and we're confident we can win it.

"Jurgen Klopp has pushed us in every game because he knows how important this competition is and it is an exciting competition to play in."

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