Wednesday 29 March 2017

Mamadou Sakho told to accept loan move by Reds after rejecting Stoke and West Brom

Sakho returned to training at Melwood last Monday. Getty
Sakho returned to training at Melwood last Monday. Getty

Mark Critchley

Mamadou Sakho has been told he must leave Liverpool on loan before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, according to reports.

The France international is thought to have rejected temporary moves to both Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, having expected bigger clubs to move in for him.

Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, believes Sakho still has a future at Anfield, report the Liverpool Echo.

However, Klopp wishes to see the defender prove his fitness and professionalism elsewhere before integrating him back into the first-team squad.

If Sakho does not agree to a temporary move, he faces at least several months on the sidelines at Anfield.

Sakho, who has not played for Liverpool since last April, has endured a torrid four months off-the-pitch.

However, Klopp wishes to see the defender prove his fitness and professionalism elsewhere before integrating him back into the first-team squad.

If Sakho does not agree to a temporary move, he faces at least several months on the sidelines at Anfield.

Sakho, who has not played for Liverpool since last April, has endured a torrid four months off-the-pitch.

In the weeks after the case was dropped, however, Sakho was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States by manager Jurgen Klopp after displaying a lack of professionalism.

Sakho arrived late for the squad’s airport departure, missed a physiotherapy session and then turned up late for a team meal.

After sending Sakho home from the tour last month, Klopp said: "It is how I said, we have some rules and we have to respect them.

"If somebody doesn’t respect it, or somebody gives me the feeling he is not respecting it, then I have to react, that’s all.”

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