Michael Mongie argues that it may be time that Liverpool parted ways with Mamadou Sakho.
It’s safe to say that Mamadou Sakho’s position within the Liverpool team is questionable. His behaviour in the year has been repeatedly called into question and Jurgen Klopp has made a statement of intent by not playing the Frenchman in a single first team game this season.
Arguably his most notable transgression would be his decision to take fat burners which resulted in his suspension by UEFA and a drugs inquest was launched. Sakho missed the latter stages of Liverpool’s Europa League campaign and his absence may have cost the Reds’ a first European title in over a decade.
Then, after not having appeared for Liverpool for months, Sakho broke club rules on tour on three separate occasions and infuriated Klopp to the point that the German coach banished the defender to recover from an Achilles injury at Melwood on his own.
In his absence from the team, new signing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have formed a solid partnership which is constantly becoming more and more reliable. Unless, touch wood, either pick up serious injuries, Sakho will be on the peripheries on the squad for the foreseeable future and with Joe Gomez’ return from injury, Sakho looks even less likely to receive any first team game time.
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So, here is my question: would it be better to sell a player that Klopp doesn’t think has the right attitude or persist or hope he undergoes a radical mental transformation. One thing is clear, the issue isn’t with his defensive talent, but rather with his attitude as a professional.
As French football expert Jonathan Johnson explained in an article for ESPN FC , Sakho left Paris Saint-Germain as a result of his unprofessionalism.
Johnson wrote, “He arguably never embraced being a true professional,” later saying, “not only was he exempt from criticism when it perhaps would have done him some good, but he was staunchly defended by the club and especially the fans.”
This is almost a carbon copy of what is happening at Liverpool. Many supporters refuse to believe that Sakho has done anything wrong or that his offences can be dismissed as a result of his defensive brilliance.
At the end of the day, Klopp spends more time with Sakho than any fan, sports writer or pundit and therefore will be a better judge of his character and if he’s not playing him then he must have his reasons. He didn’t send Sakho home for no reason and if he sells him will have my full support.
There is a revolution happening at Liverpool and there can be no detraction from the sense of unity that Jurgen Klopp is promoting. While Sakho might be ‘one of the lads’ his attitude on tour suggests that he was detracting from the work that was being done – even if it was a day out in San Francisco.
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