Reports in France are today suggesting that Mamadou Sakho is ready to call time on his Liverpool career, after growing frustrated with his lack of playing time.
The defender, who hasn’t even made the bench for our first two games of the new season, has already been the subject of an unsuccessful loan bid from Roma (via the Echo) and is now attracting interest from Germany.
French-based football writer Matt Spiro, who works predominately with beIN Sports, has tweeted to confirm reports regarding the player’s uncertain future – which remains very much up in the air.
Mamadou Sakho concerned about his playing time and considering his future at #Liverpool. Bayer Leverkusen ready to offer €10m (L’Equipe)
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) August 19, 2015
The story he is referring to is this one from L’Equipe which details all of the facts outlined by Spiro.
Interestingly, although it references both Sakho’s growing discomfort and Leverkusen’s interest, it says nothing about Liverpool’s desire to sell – which could well be the deciding factor here.
Brendan Rodgers surely wouldn’t accept a bid of €10m (around £7m), which would see us make a huge loss on the £18m we spent on the player back in the summer of 2013 (via BBC Sport), while Sakho’s potential departure would see us left very short in the centre-back department.
With Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure the only senior names otherwise on our books, it seems highly unlikely that we’d allow Sakho to go, especially with the season already underway and with the transfer window having less than two weeks left to run.
Indeed, if you add in the fact that the 25-year-old sometimes captains the French national team and is, as such, regularly selected ahead of Laurent Koscielny, then it seems all the more bizarre that Rodgers has all but banished him from the first-team picture.
Admittedly, his first two years with us could have gone better, mainly due to a succession of injury problems – but the vast majority of supporters would likely agree that he deserves a sustained chance.
Sadly, it might not be one that he gets.