For Liverpool, 2016 was an incredibly hectic year. Both a domestic AND a European Cup Final saw the reds suffer in tests on the big stage against Manchester City and Sevilla. Although Liverpool failed to come out victorious on both occasions, exciting times lie ahead for Liverpool fans under their German manager, Jürgen Klopp.
More than anyone else on Merseyside, Mamadou Sakho has been under incredible pressure from the media. Sakho’s issue related to a post-game test following Liverpool’s Europa League tie at Manchester United way back on March 17th in which it was discovered that the Frenchmen had taken ‘fat-burners’. Following huge media speculation and criticism directed at Sakho, he was banned for 30 days, however it was later discovered that the fat-burner he allegedly took wasn’t on a list of banned substances.
While Liverpool fans are delighted to have Sakho back they are not too happy about the fact he was forced to sit out the Europa League final against Sevilla. Not only did Sakho miss the Europa League Final, he also missed the European Championships, in which France were defeated 1-0 by Portugal in the final.
The result of this saga ended in Sakho being dropped of all allegations and he is now free to play for Liverpool and France (L’Equipe).
Sakho received huge amounts of praise from the media following his change of squad number after the Frenchman agreed to give every fan with one of his ‘outdated’ shirts, a free signed jersey.
However as things started to look up for Liverpool’s number 3, it was reported that the injured centre half was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the US last summer to continue his recovery from an Achilles injury at Melwood. Lucas and Joe Gomez, who were also suffering from injuries remained with the squad in the U.S. This has sparked up rumors suggesting that Sakho was sent home due to his attitude on the training ground which was failing to impress the Liverpool manager. Not a good sign if the Frenchmen wants to challenge Lovren and Matip to claim a spot in Klopp’s starting line-up.
Since then Sakho has played many games for the U23 and has been linked with many clubs he may potentially move to. Having not made a single Premier League appearance this season, if Sakho were to depart, I believe this would be unfortunate.
Sevilla have been linked with the 26-year-old, who joined the reds in 2013 from PSG. As well as the Spanish side, Southampton are looking to sign the Frenchman amid a transfer request from captain, Jose Fonte.
With Liverpool’s back four and certainly centre half partnership being extremely secure in Matip and Lovren, this partnership, even if Sakho were to change his attitude, will not be easily separated. I’m not sure Sakho will be happy to be a bit part player at this age of his career and I personally believe he will move on to another club.
Although his attitude may not be perfect on the training ground, last season Sakho was excellent and gave 110% every time he played. His goals against Everton and Dortmund will always lead me to view him in a positive light. We missed his dominance in Basel and the French national side could’ve done with him in the Euro’s too.
However, with regret I have to admit that Sakho must depart Anfield soon in order too relight his flagging career in Merseyside.
Here is a look at Klopp’s reaction on Sakho’s poor attitude. (This Is Anfield)
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Article by @KopiteJames