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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mamadou Sakho sent home from USA tour to leave his Liverpool future in doubt

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been sent home from the club's tour of the United States.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been sent home from the club's tour of the United States.

Mamadou Sakho's Liverpool future appears to be in some doubt after he was sent home from the club's pre-season tour of America.

The 26-year-old France international has not played in any of Liverpool's friendlies because he is nursing an Achilles problem that will prevent him starting the new Premier League campaign.

However, he was included in the squad that travelled to Palo Alto in California last week but Press Association Sport understands manager Jurgen Klopp decided to send the centre-back home after question marks were raised about his attitude around the camp.

The Reds boss ordered Sakho to return to the club's Melwood training ground to continue his rehabilitation from his injury.

Two other injured players, Joe Gomez (who also has an Achilles injury) and Lucas Leiva (hamstring), remain with the group.

Liverpool have not commented on the reasons for Sakho's departure ahead of their first friendly in the United States against Chelsea on Wednesday night (local time).

They confirmed, however, he will be continuing his rehabilitation at the club's Melwood training base and is working towards returning.

Sakho has endured a somewhat turbulent last three months after failing a drugs test back in April - meaning he missed the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla and Euro 2016 because of an interim suspension - only for UEFA to drop the case after deciding the fat-burning substance he took should not be included on their banned list.

Sakho flew back to England with fellow defender Brad Smith, who is set to complete a move to Bournemouth after a £6million deal was agreed over the weekend for the back-up left-back.

Another, albeit temporary, departure has seen Liverpool's young Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza join Hertha Berlin on loan.

The German club Tweeted a picture of their "new face at the start of the training week" with the 19-year-old, who has had loan spells at Finnish side SJK and Belgian club Sint-Truidense as he does not yet qualify for a UK work permit, in his new kit.

Reds winger Ryan Kent, 19, has also joined Championship side Barnsley on a season-long loan.

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