Jurgen Klopp writes off early Liverpool return for Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that defender Mamadou Sakho is not in his short term plans.

Sakho’s fall from grace originates from a controversial UEFA drug ban which was eventually overturned, after the French defender was cleared of all wrong doing. It resulted in his absence from Liverpool’s 2015/16 Europa League final against Sevilla.

Sakho has been absent from the Reds first team since April, leaving Klopp to question his match fitness.

“It’s not about how the player feels, it’s about how I feel. It’s a long, long time that he hasn’t played,” said Klopp in today’s League Cup press-conference.

“Of course he is closer (to fitness), but there’s a big difference between match fitness.” 

Despite Klopp’s intentions to offload the centre back, Sakho is adamant that his future lies with Liverpool.

A loan move was on offer during the transfer window, but Sakho’s refusal could leave him in limbo for months to come.

Ari Charilaou