While the news that Mamadou Sakho does not have an ACL injury is a huge relief, Liverpool will still be without the Frenchman for six to eight weeks.
Sakho has damaged ligaments in his knee after falling awkwardly in the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
He underwent a scan on Monday and visited a specialist in Liverpool on Tuesday and the club has confirmed it will be six to eight weeks before the 25-year-old is available again, explains Andy Hunter of the Guardian.
Games Sakho will miss:
Man City (a)
Southampton (a) (LC QF)
West Brom (h)
West Ham (a)
(italics = could return if six weeks out not eight)
Sakho is the seventh Premier League player to have suffered a ligament injury this season while wearing Nike football boots – something the US sports manufacturer have previously called ‘an unhappy coincidence’.
Speaking after Sunday’s game, Klopp expressed his frustration at Sakho’s injury and highlighted his importance to the team.
“I would prefer to lose 4-1 and keep him in the team but it was the situation and now we have to see,” he told reporters.
Liverpool will now be forced to field Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren as their centre-back pairing, with only Kolo Toure for backup.
Skrtel offered Sakho his sympathy on the news, taking to Instagram to say “I wish you [a] speedy recovery my brother @mamadousakho3. Keep your head up, you will come back even stronger!!!”