86% of Liverpool supporters vote against potential Mamadou Sakho loan move

23 August 2016

Following reports that Mamadou Sakho could leave Liverpool on loan this summer, supporters have voiced their concerns at the decision.


The Frenchman, who has suffered a miserable four months on the sidelines starting with a UEFA drug charge in April, is believed to be the subject of concern from Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Widespread reports on Monday night revealed that Klopp was considering whether to send Sakho out on a temporary deal.

This would be designed to restore Sakho’s fitness and form, having only just returned to first-team training this week, but remains a questionable move if it plays out.

A departure for Sakho would leave Klopp with just three fit senior centre-backs in Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.

Joe Gomez and Lucas Leiva are available as backup, but find themselves in a similar position to Sakho in terms of fitness at this stage, while the latter is far from a long-term solution.

No move for Sakho is in the immediate pipeline, but could develop before August 31, and if so this would leave supporters frustrated.

In a poll conducted by This is Anfield following the news of Sakho’s possible availability, 86 percent of supporters to vote backed the former Paris Saint-Germain captain to remain with the club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, April 14, 2016: Liverpool's goal-scorers Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren celebrate the incredible 4-3 (5-4 aggregate) victory over Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sakho is seen as too important a player for Klopp to simply cast aside in the hope that he returns for the following campaign a rejuvenated figure.

It is extremely rare that a prime-age talent will leave a club on loan and return to regain his first-team place without a change in manager, suggesting Sakho’s chances of doing so are slim in reality.

While Sunderland have reportedly ruled themselves out of a move, AS Roma have been linked with Sakho in the past, and it could be that the Serie A outfit revive their interest.

Whether Klopp would move to replace the France international remains to be seen, but any alternative would need to earn the backing of a Anfield support who have vociferously fought Sakho’s corner.

Results correct at time of writing. Have your say on Sakho’s Liverpool future below.

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