In shocking news that emerged last night, Mamadou Sakho could be sent on loan to regain the fitness levels he lost when he damaged his Achilles tendon.
The future of Liverpool’s French centre-back has been shrouded in doubt for some time after the drug scandal of last season, which was ultimately resolved, and Jurgen Klopp’s decision to send Sakho home from the pre-season tour as a result of his lax behaviour.
The Daily Mail and the Guardian suggest that Liverpool could send Sakho on loan to gain fitness levels after the Parisian has spent several weeks on the sidelines recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.
Sakho signed a new contract last September and it is clear that the club is not looking to get rid of the defender but that since Klopp is not looking to use the cup tournaments for rotation then it is unlikely that Sakho will see much game time given his perilous standing within the squad at this point in time.
Klopp spoke to the media ahead of Liverpool’s EFL Cup tie with Burton Albion and the German mentioned that he is looking to find rhythm after suffering defeat just 6 days after taking Arsenal apart at the Emirates.
“We will make changes but not big changes. It is not really likely we change seven or eight positions,” he said.
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“I cannot give all players together the opportunity to play. Sometimes we have to work longer to change the situation. Of course each week in which they can’t or didn’t play it is not too good for a player but that is how it is in football. You accept this when you start playing the game. The only thing a player can do is work as hard as possible, to perform in each session and then the manager has to make a decision.”
Sakho will either need to work hard and try and impress Klopp in training and hope for a gap to come in and cement his place in the squad or go on loan somewhere to work on his game.