Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho is now expected to stay at the club beyond deadline day, according to reports on Wednesday.
French outlet L’Equipe claim the 26-year-old will remain on Merseyside, despite being urged to take a loan move by Jurgen Klopp.
Sakho’s behaviourial issues are reported to have changed Klopp’s opinion on Sakho, with the Reds manager telling him to join another club on loan this season.
However, the centre-back has turned down moves to Besiktas, West Brom and Stoke City, and is said to be desperate to win Klopp round.
The Daily Mail‘s Dominic King also believes Sakho will not move on before Wednesday’s cut-off, despite being told by Klopp that he will not play for Liverpool this season.
King says Sakho has been training alone “after being seen to challenge the authority of his manager”, which goes to show the relationship between the two is not healthy as things stand.
If Sakho does indeed stay, it will certainly be interesting to see how the relationship between him and Klopp develops, and whether the manager relents and brings him back into the fold.
Many supporters were bemused when it emerged he was not wanted, although footballing reasons do not appear to be the reason for this.
It is time for Sakho to knuckle down and grow up, with his immature attitude something that has been questioned over the years. He will have to change immeasurably for Klopp’s opinion to change.
Sakho took a fat burning substance behind the club’s back earlier in the year, which resulted in a suspension for a failed drugs test, for which he was eventually found innocent.
He was then sent home from Liverpool’s tour of the United States due to his disruptive behaviour, casting further doubts over his Anfield future.