Dave Davis explains that Liverpool needs to move on from the Mamadou Sakho drama that has hung around the club like a bad smell over the last 12 months.

When Crystal Palace roll into town this weekend, they’ll be without their most important sub-contractor.

For all the threat that Townsend, Zaha and our former number nine Christian Benteke present, it’s a current red that’ll be a huge miss.

Whatever anyone at Anfield believes though, there looks to be no way back for Mamadou Sakho as both he and Liverpool need to move on as quickly as possible this summer.

The fall-out from the alleged failed drugs test still seems to be rolling on as rumours continue that Liverpool may look to sue.

One swallow doesn’t make a summer, though. Ill discipline and bad timekeeping appear to be key factors in why Jürgen Klopp was happy to let the French defender move on, despite no offers being presented.

With no takers for a £20 million permanent move, Sakho has excelled since his January loan at Selhurst Park and helped them out of the relegation zone. Big Sam has been keen to stress how they want to keep him permanently which will be music to Klopp’s ears.

It’s not exactly a state secret that Liverpool is after a new centre-half and for good reason. As Jan Molby said in The Echo recently, you expect your centre-halves to always be available.

Despite their outstanding record together, neither Matip or Lovren appear able to put an injury-free run together which is troubling. Klavan has looked like a £4 million defender when he’s been available, whilst Lucas was never an answer. 40 goals haven’t let themselves in this season.

Sakho would no doubt have been an upgrade on the last two, whilst there’s still many reds who believe he’d be a starter. In the cold light of day though, the 28-year-old has to be recognised for what he is.

A Van Dijk or Koulibaly don’t come cheap and it’s amazing what deposit a French international could raise. The talking done, truth be told, each party needs to move on quickly, for the benefit of all.

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