By Dominic Toner
Mamadou Sakho has been included in Liverpool’s Under-23 squad against Wolfsburg – and the club’s supporters are shocked on Twitter with the news.
The Mail report that the defender has been given an unlikely opportunity to play on Wednesday and perhaps win back manager Jurgen Klopp.
Sakho, 26, has not featured for the Reds this season after being sent home by Klopp while the club were in the U.S on a pre-season tour.
He was also handed a drugs ban towards the end of the last campaign, which saw him miss Liverpool’s Europa League final, as well as the summer’s European Championships in his home nation.
Liverpool supporters have expressed their confusion about the decision but most are hopeful he can make a return to the first-team.
At least Sakho is getting a chance to build his match fitness
— . (@JordanLFC88) September 28, 2016
Hopefully it's a step in the right direction that Mamadou Sakho is included in Liverpool U23's squad against Wolfsburg tonight. #lfc
— Max Generossi (@MaxiGenerossi) September 28, 2016
Has sakho speaking out helped him? Please @LFC bring him back
— #1️⃣6️⃣ (@leonm694) September 28, 2016
BREAKING NEWS on Mamadou Sakho's future
Wow, didn't see this coming! https://t.co/VsPJfaS16s
— Liverpool Army F.C (@LiverpoolArmy) September 28, 2016
Liverpool U23s have Ings and Sakho in the squad. In a way, there is a positive there as youngsters can learn from the two players. #LFC
— Nas (@NumberNineNas) September 28, 2016
Long road back for Sakho but tonight is a start. #U21
— kop in full voice (@LFC_Klopped) September 28, 2016
Very surprising after his outburst Klopp & Sakho must have settled their differences? Suggests he still has a future at LFC https://t.co/XCa8TBsoWa
— We Are Liverpool (@Cout10inho) September 28, 2016
Bit a shock development that Mamadou Sakho is in the Liverpool U23s squad tonight. Still doubt it's an olive branch from Jurgen Klopp. #LFC
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) September 28, 2016
He moved to Anfield in 2013 from cash-rich Paris-Saint Germain in an £18million deal and he has four years left on his current deal.
Klopp has alternated between first-team centre-back Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan at the beginning of the season, with all three looking assured.
In other Liverpool team news, this regular player will return for the league clash against Swansea.