Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been informed that he won’t play for the club this season, with Jurgen Klopp urging a loan move.
Sakho has dropped down in Klopp’s defensive options since the end of last season, with the German expressing concerns about his attitude.
This culminated in the Frenchman being sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States, in a move that proved something of a drastic decision from the manager.
Now, Sakho is available on loan, with Klopp supposedly looking for the former Paris Saint-Germain captain to prove his professionalism.
“The suggestion to go on loan is as major hint from Klopp that Sakho needs to re-focus and put his issues behind him before he can be considered for selection at Anfield again,” the Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe reported on Tuesday afternoon.
“If he does not do so, it could be a long way back for him before he plays for the club again.”
This is a completely alien situation, however, with Klopp not utilising the loan market to adjust his senior squad in such a way during his seven years with Borussia Dortmund.
It is highly unlikely that a spell away from Merseyside would see Sakho prove himself to Klopp, given the German won’t be able to oversee his day-to-day approach, unlike if he remained with the Reds.
As with Joe Hart’s impending loan move from Manchester City to Torino, it is much more feasible that this is a short-term solution to a long-term decision from Klopp.
Lucas Leiva is also available as backup, and that Klopp is more prepared to call upon the Brazilian—out of position, no less—highlights his stance over Sakho.
Klopp looks to be cutting his losses with Sakho, despite the 26-year-old’s ability, and it may be best for the player to do the same and leave Liverpool.