By Emma Sanders
Mamadou Sakho scored during Liverpool under-23s 2-0 victory against Reading in the Premier League 2 on Sunday afternoon.
The centre-back netted the Reds’ first goal after just 14 minutes before academy starlet Ben Woodburn doubled Liverpool’s lead late in the second-half.
Sakho lined-up in the centre of defence alongside Tiago Ilori as Michael Beale’s side set-up in a positive 4-3-3 formation and he had little to do defensively as Liverpool’s reserve side dominated at Prenton Park.
Youngsters Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria, Brooks Lennon and Cameron Brannagan were stand-out performers, with 18-year-old Ejaria providing the assist for Sakho’s goal.
The Frenchman has been performing well for Liverpool’s high-flying Under-23s side this season after he was frozen out from the first team by Jurgen Klopp.
Sakho has not played for Liverpool since their 4-0 victory against Everton in April last season because he was suspended by the club as a precaution after he was accused of misusing performance enhanced drugs.
He was expected to return this season but after a pre-season bust-up with Klopp while on tour in America, Sakho was sent home and has not yet featured for Liverpool’s first team during the 2016-17 campaign.
Prior to his out-casting, Sakho was a regular starter alongside Dejan Lovren in the centre of the defence and became a fans favourite with a string of impressive performances that culminated in his goalscoring display in Liverpool’s dramatic Europa League quarter-final victory against Borussia Dortmund.
In other Liverpool news, this youngster could make a return against Leeds after he revealed his rehabilitation was complete.