By Joe Nelson
Mamadou Sakho has been told he must leave Liverpool if he wants any first team football this season, according to a report.
The Mail Online claim that the Merseysiders have told the 26-year-old defender that he is not a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season.
It is said there is “no chance he will play for Liverpool this year” as Klopp’s preferred centre-back partnership is Dejan Lovren and Joel Matop.
France international Sakho discovered last week that he was free to find another club on loan but he has turned down an opportunity to join Stoke.
The Mail report that Sakho not only turned down a move to the Potteries but also the possibility of a switch to West Brom, with Tony Pulis eager to snap up the Frenchman’s services.
It is said that the Baggies would have been prepared to pay £20million for Sakho, which is £2million more than the £18million fee the Reds paid Paris st Germain three years ago upon his arrival in Merseyside.
Klopp sent Sakho home early from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States after he breached club discipline on three separate occasions, but the manager is not prepared to jettison him from the club permanently.
He believes Sakho can still have a future at Anfield but only if he goes out on loan and shows that he has recaptured his form and fitness and is prepared to knuckle down again.
Ragnar Klaven began the season in the team alongside Lovren, while Klopp has experimented with Lucas Leiva in past at the heart of defence.
With Joe Gomez also set to return, Sakho may find himself sixth in the defensive pecking order if he refuses to leave Anfield.
Sakho was a regular under Klopp last season. He played 34 matches in all competitions and was a crucial figure in Liverpool’s Europa League run before they lost out to Sevilla in the final.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this other Reds defender is close to sealing a move away from the club.