It’s looking less and less like Mamadou Sakho has a future at Liverpool.
In fact, it would take a miracle for the likeable Frenchman to resurrect an Anfield career.
He hasn’t played a minute in any competition or made a Liverpool bench this term, banished to the Under-23s by Jurgen Klopp – who had enough of the 26-year-old’s consistent disciplinary issues.
Now, Squawka are reporting that we’re willing to pay up to half his mammoth wages from January onwards in an attempt to force him out of the club on loan.
Klopp told Sakho to find a new club at the end of the summer transfer window, but the player refused – promising to stay and fight his way back into the manager’s plans. As of yet, he’s not managed to do so and surely understands that he must leave for first-team football, having not played a competitive game since April.
Financially, this makes little sense. Surely there’ll be clubs lining to sign Sakho permanently? Even if it’s for a reduced fee, it would mean the entirety of his wages off our books, instead of just half of them. We reckon there’d definitely be potential buyers in January, but it looks like the club want him out at loan in an attempt to maximise his sell-on value by summer 2017.
The likes of Stoke City and Sunderland would be interested.