By Dominic Toner
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is a transfer target for West Brom – and the Reds’ supporters gave mixed responses on Twitter about his potential departure.
The Liverpool Echo claim that the Baggies are set to move for the out-of-favour defender in the next transfer window.
It is understood that Tony Pulis’ side will attempt to make a loan move for Sakho as they look to maintain their Premier League status.
This comes after French publication France Football reported that it is “99.9 per cent certain” that the 26-year-old will leave Liverpool in January.
The Reds manager has banished Sakho this season from the first-team after a spate of negative incidents.
Liverpool fans gave contrasting opinions on him potentially leaving, with some feeling they could lose a quality player and some wishing to see the back of him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Charlie G (@charliegillno1) November 9, 2016
@liverpaul66 Yeah, get him out. We have Dejan "the rock" Lovren back there holding down the fort. Who needs Sakho.
— Brian Murphy (@BrianMurphyLFC) November 9, 2016
I hate what's happening to Sakho but Klopp has made me believe in his decision making. #lfc
— Munyar (@Astroswatiri) November 9, 2016
— Darren parry (@Darrenparry10) November 9, 2016
Imagine Sakho at West Brom playing hoofball lmao
— Only LFC (@remainsLFC) November 9, 2016
— Heinrich Alberts (@HeinrichAlberts) November 9, 2016
— Andrew Armitage (@andy_lfc90) November 9, 2016
Want to see a Matip-Sakho partnership. Reckon it could work really well.
— 🔴 (@LFC_CG) November 9, 2016
Sakho was sent home by Klopp on the club’s pre-season tour of USA in the summer after he missed a flight, training sessions and team dinner.
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. He was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.
The centre-back has made two appearances for Liverpool’s Under-23s this season, but is not expected to make a return to the senior side.
He has made 80 senior appearances for the Merseyside club since his arrival in 2013 and would add real experience to West Brom’s team.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp is preparing to make a January bid for a Champions League striker.