Mamadou Sakho was sent home early by Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool FC’s USA tour. The French defender was late for his flight and Klopp took disciplinary action against him. While the club didn’t confirm the disciplinary action and is stating an Achilles injury as the reason for Sakho going home, it is clear Sakho is a troubled individual Klopp has no patience for.
Neither did Didier Deschamps, as he failed to include the 26-year-old defender in his Euro 2016 squad despite Sakho being eligible to play after having his doping case dismissed and after serving a provisional 30-day suspension.
Mamadou Sakho joined Liverpool in 2013 for £18m from PSG and made a total of 55 appearances for Liverpool, including 22 appearances in the Premier League last season, 21 of these in the starting lineup.
Jurgen Klopp is undertaking an aggressive redesign of Liverpool’s back line and has already sold Marin Škrtel and Kolo Toure, and it seems Mamadou Sakho is the next to go.
So far the only certain member of Liverpool defence is Croatian Dejan Lovren as he’s been handed the captain’s armband in the preparation matches. Who will Klopp bring in as his partner is not yet known, but it probably won’t be one of the big names as the German is trying to find quality players under the radar.
On July 24, veteran Kolo Toure has been sold to Celtic. While Kolo Toure has enjoyed a great season at Liverpool, the general consensus is that he wouldn’t be able to play another one at the same level as he was already playing veteran football in 2015-16. The 35-year-old Ivorian will now strengthen Celtic in what could be his last year of professional football.