Relieving fears that he was facing a long-term layoff with his knee injury, Mamadou Sakho has set a timeline of “between four and six weeks” for his recovery.
The Frenchman was initially feared to have suffered a season-ending ACL injury after landing awkwardly during November’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, but scans showed that it was a less serious issue.
With Jurgen Klopp dropping encouraging hints as to Sakho’s injury status in recent press conferences, the Liverpool centre-back has reinforced this positive focus.
“I’m very happy because I think it’s good news. Everyone thought I had a big injury for a long time,” he revealed.
“But, thank God, I think it will be between four and six weeks.
“We will see the evolution. Now I feel much better, I work and I hope I will come back as soon as possible.
“For me, it’s not difficult. I take my injury like that because I can change nothing.
“I know which way I have to go, which road I have to take.
“I have the objective to come back as soon as possible, as strong as possible.
“When I come back I will try to give my best like before.”
Sakho has just been named Standard Chartered’s Player of the Month for October, underlining his strong performances and importance to Klopp’s side.
The 25-year-old produced a string of excellent displays at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with his strength, perception and authority making him a crucial component as the Reds went unbeaten following Klopp’s arrival.
Injury at Anfield came as a disappointing blow for Sakho, as Liverpool looked in a healthy position with him as defensive leader.
Dejan Lovren has performed comfortably in his place, but the return of Sakho will be a major boost for Klopp.
Liverpool take on Leicester City at Anfield in four weeks’ time, which could herald a long-awaited return for Sakho.