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.

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“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.