Jack Frankham explains why Mamadou Sakho doesn’t deserve to be cast aside.

Mamadou Sakho seems to be on his way out of Liverpool after the Frenchman didn’t follow rules during the Reds’ pre-season tour in America. He was sent back to England and his future has been uncertain ever since.

There has been interest from Stoke City for the Frenchman as Klopp wants Sakho to go out on loan to play football regularly. He’s certainly not in the good books at the moment, but there is room for him at Liverpool in the future.

Sakho, for me, is Liverpool’s best defender. He showed an immense amount of passion last season and was vital to Liverpool’s push for Champions League through the Europa League. He was banned and didn’t take part in the latter part of the Europa League campaign due to him taking his positive drugs result. UEFA was investigating if the pills he took was a banned substance but he was later cleared of all wrongdoing.

Months later after the Euros, we got the news that he was allowed to play and that the pills he took wasn’t on WADA’s banned list of substances and UEFA wouldn’t take the investigation further.

Maybe if Sakho had played in the Europa League final then we would’ve won, and maybe he would’ve started at the Euros for France. In the space of a few months, due to his suspension, he missed out on two European cup finals.

In my opinion, Sakho deserves to stay at the club and should go straight into the first team. He brings more than his defending abilities to the team; his passing is brilliant for a central defender.

Joel Matip was brought in to be a first-team starter and has brought something unique since arriving at Merseyside. His passing from the back is what we’ve missed and his positive thinking will work as a delight to the club and the fans.

Lovren didn’t star brightly at Anfield when Rodgers was the manager but has improved massively under Klopp. His confidence has risen and he looks immense in defence. He’s certainly improved and now he is challenging Matip, Sakho and Gomez for the centre-half spots.

Sakho does seem to be halfway out the door but he’s Liverpool’s best defender without a shadow of a doubt and deserves to be given more leeway.


  1. Do you actually understand what does it mean to be returned home from another continent and not to be a part of the pre-season sessions? You are dealing with Klopp, who is charming from the outside, but expects strict professionalism from every single player. That is a matter of principle, and Klopp applies it to everyone. Sakho made a number of violations (at least we know about those presented in the media). Klopp is in the process of creating a machine, and he does not want to have loose parts and cope with them during the race. Obviously, Sakho has not managed to understand this. Therefore, he must leave, at least this season. Klopp is actually giving him a second chance, by not selling him, but encouraging him to leave on a loan. If Sakho proves his professionalism in the course of this season he may be brought back. It is up to Sakho to understand and prove that.

  2. Sorry to say he’s being taught a lesson which is more important then Sakho playing football for Liverpool. He didn’t tell the club what he had took, it is a banned substance by the way but it isn’t tested for by all the WADA labs which caused the confusion, his lateness and less then professional behaviour on tour in front of youth team players after the doping showed he hadn’t learnt anything.
    Klopp is not happy with Sakho.