By Alex Stevens
Mamadou Sakho is “99.9 per cent certain” to leave Liverpool in January, according to a report.
Reliable French publication France Football claim the defender, 26, will almost certainly be transferred to a new club when the winter window opens.
It is said that Sakho has been banished by Jurgen Klopp and no longer figures in the plans of the Liverpool manager.
The centre-back is yet to appear for the Reds this season after a pre-season fall-out with Jurgen Klopp, in which he was sent home from the club’s tour of the USA for being “disrespectful”.
Sakho missed a flight, training session and team dinner, and was frozen out by the German manager.
This came after the France international was handed a drugs ban towards the end of the last campaign, which saw him miss the end of the domestic season, as well as the summer’s European Championships in his home nation.
The centre-half has been training with the development squad and has made one appearance for Liverpool Under-23s.
Sakho moved to Anfield in 2013 from cash-rich Paris-Saint Germain in an £18million deal and he has four years left on his contract.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have emerged as Liverpool’s first-choice centre-back partnership this season, backed up by summer signing Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the asking price for an in-demand Brazilian forward has risen to £68million.