According to The Mirror, Mamadou Sakho is ready to move on from his Liverpool nightmare after accepting that he has no future on Merseyside.
The Frenchman has been in exile for a number of weeks and has had to play for the under-23s or risk becoming entirely unattractive to other football clubs. Sakho rejected the advances of several Premier League clubs in the summer, most notably West Brom. Had he joined Albion then he could be enjoying a resurgence similar to Nacer Chadli – also, it would’ve made watching Tony Pulis’ side moderately interesting.
As it turns out, Sakho chose to defy Jurgen Klopp’s wish that he spend a season on loan for his transgressions and now he is paying the ultimate price: his Liverpool career is at an end. Ligue 1 side Lille is interested in signing Sakho and the Frenchman will be used to the league after spending seven years with Paris Saint-Germain.
While Lille is interested, Sakho’s £100,000-a-week wages are reported as being likely to be the stumbling block in a deal which will see Liverpool lose a player who was crucial in that dramatic 4-3 comeback over Borussia Dortmund last season.
It pains me to see him go and the fact of the matter is that he has no one to blame but himself. His defensive talents cannot be ignored, but neither can the fact that he has caused quite a stir in the last ten months.
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There is a certain amount of irony that Sakho signed a contract just 13 months ago that was supposed to show his dedication and keep him at the club for the next five years and not even a year and a half later, he’s off.
As much as I have slated Sakho for his lack of professionalism this year, I can’t deny that I am gutted that he is going. There is no point denying that he is a terrific guy and has earned the nickname of being the ‘President of the Liverpool Country’ and he has been wonderful with the people on Merseyside, but Klopp clearly doesn’t rate him and that’s where the matter ends.
This is a football club and our brilliant German coach is doing his utmost to restore it to the status it had in the eighties and while he is unlikely to ever achieve the glory that was had in that illustrious stretch of time, there can be zero tolerance for those who detract from the end goal which is to re-earn the title of being England’s most successful team.
Farewell Mamadou Sakho, I wish you all the best and I truly hope that you find a way to stop the downward spiral your career is taking on.
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