Alex Rogers discusses the curious case of Mamadou Sakho with the Frenchman signing for Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
With Sakho loaned out to Crystal Palace, it’s very unlikely we will see him back at Liverpool anytime soon. The downfall of Mamadou could never have been predicted a year ago, or even as early as the end of last season. Sakho’s popularity with Reds fans has plummeted in recent times and it’s hard to see that it isn’t his own fault.
Sakho was so important for us last season, easily being one of our finest defenders, if not a bit unorthodox. He was pivotal in reaching both the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals, forming a somewhat formidable partnership with the also controversial Dejan Lovren. Without Sakho, we would’ve been ten times weaker in defence.
Some time ago, things started to go downhill for Sakho, with many speculating him and Klopp had had a fall out after Sakho got sent home early from Liverpool’s preseason tour in America for being late on multiple occasions. Also with Sakho taking his frustration out in a rather unprofessional rant on Snaphat, he was only digging himself a deeper and deeper hole.
I don’t know if Klopp wanted Sakho gone because of his stinking attitude or because of something else entirely that we don’t know about, but the fact of the matter is that he’s gone and isn’t coming back until the end of the season when he is likely to be sold.
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The sense of disappointment and frustration is high among most Liverpool fans, many thinking about what could have been. Going from hero to zero is pretty cliché nowadays but the saying could not be more suitable in this situation.
It’s crazy to think that a fan favourite mere months ago could suddenly just be gone. One moment he was a guaranteed starter, the next he was just gone, not even to be seen on the subs bench.
It was common knowledge that Sakho would be gone either in the January window or Summer window. It seemed that he had no chance of making a comeback. So, Klopp must’ve had a really good reason for not playing a quality centre back.
It saddens me that Sakho is gone. He was, along with many other people, one of my favourite players a few months ago. He played with his heart on his sleeve and tried 110% every game, even if that 110% was a bit suspect at times.
I do wish he was still an important part of the team, but if Klopp deemed him not worthy then who am I to complain? Klopp does know best when it comes to his team after all.
Despite all the controversy around him, I wish him all the best. He did us proud when he was playing, a true warrior. It’s just a shame things didn’t work out.