Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho will be sold in the January transfer window, according to reports in his native France.
The 26-year-old has been banished to the Reds’ Under-23s recently, having refused to leave the club on loan despite interest from Stoke City and Besiktas.
Jurgen Klopp advised Sakho to head out for a temporary spell to regain his form and fitness, after four months on the sideline following a suspension for a failed drug test—for which he was later exonerated—and an injury setback.
But with the German already holding reservations over Sakho’s attitude, an outburst on social media in September proved the final straw.
That is according to L’Equipe, who claim Sakho “no longer exists in Jurgen Klopp’s eyes.”
The French publication suggests Sakho will be sold in January, though no potential suitors are named.
The possibility of the former Paris Saint-Germain captain leaving Merseyside at the next possible opportunity is clear, given he is no longer even training with the first team.
Sakho has made four appearances for the U23s, with Klopp refusing to comment on his standing ahead of Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup round of 16.
“I hope you didn’t make the long trip for this question,” he responded to questions from a French reporter.
“Because answer is I’ve said everything about this already. You could read it in English newspapers!
“[His U23 form is] good, but all that I’ve said about this I said to Mama in the talk, so nothing else to say about it.”
Klopp has made his stance clear, with Sakho unlikely to break back into his first-team thinking any time soon, particularly with Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Lucas Leiva and now Joe Gomez all available.
It would be interesting, however, if the same reporter from Klopp’s press conference was L’Equipe‘s Vincent Duluc, who made these claims over Sakho’s future.
If so, a January move for Sakho could be an assumption from Duluc, or he may have had other conversations while on Merseyside, perhaps with the player himself.