Mamadou Sakho is set to leave Liverpool in January

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Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool (L) consoles James Milner of Liverpool (7) as he is shown a second yellow card and is sent off during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on March 6, 2016 in London, England.
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According to Mercato365, Lille is interested in signing Mamadou Sakho in January. 

Before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that there are a number of things wrong with the source of this story, so beware.

Having written about Mamadou Sakho needing to leave the club this morning, it’s kind of fitting that I stumbled upon the rumour that he might be leaving in January. It’s no secret that the Frenchman is in a difficult place in his Liverpool career after a drugs scandal and being banished from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, not to mention his outburst on Snapchat.

One thing is for certain, fans are split over whether or not he should be rehabilitated or sold. I for one believe that if he is standing in the way of the squad’s development, and all the evidence points to this conclusion, then he needs to find a new club. Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t have been so keen on Sakho going out on loan if he had big plans for the former Paris Saint-Germain defender.

Here is where things become less concrete. The source of the news is Mercato365 and they are hardly renowned for delivering reliable and honest journalism so it’s worth considering that Sakho isn’t necessarily moving on in January.

The report claims that Ligue 1 side Lille is interested in signing Sakho on permanent terms as opposed to the temporary loan moves that were proposed from several Premier League clubs in the summer.

90min.com cited Mercato’s report and, in their summary, they use the fact that Klopp isn’t  playing Sakho at left-back as a reason for him to leave, claiming that the Frenchman “is a natural full-back, whereas Milner is not.” That’s just not true.

While the reporting of this rumour may be very poor, it needs to be said that it’s clear that Sakho’s time with Liverpool is coming to a close. Whether or not he leaves in January or next summer, the centre-back has ruined his standing with Klopp and the German coach isn’t one to go back on a decision he has made for sentimental reasons.

With Klopp giving no indication that Sakho will be reinstated anytime soon, a move abroad or domestically is in his best interest as he is wasting away in the club’s reserves and he won’t be making a good impression on Didier Deschamps. While Mercato365 isn’t a reliable source, it would be in the best interests of both parties if Sakho were to move in January.

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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