By Amir Mir
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Mamadou Sakho was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States due to poor time-keeping.
The France international was sent home on Tuesday from the Reds’ pre-season California base after Klopp felt the hard-hitting defender had broken and disrespected the club’s rules.
But, the German revealed that it wasn’t that serious and that they would discuss the matter when he returns to England.
“I have to build a group here, we have to start new here,” said Klopp as quoted by ESPN. “So I thought maybe it made sense for him to fly home to Liverpool and after eight or 10 days when we come back we can talk about it. It’s not that serious.
“He nearly missed the departure of the plane, he missed a session and was late for a meal. We have some rules and we have to respect them. If somebody doesn’t respect it or somebody gives me the feeling he is not respecting it then I have to react that’s all.”
It is been reported that Sakho is now recovering from his achilles injury at the club’s training ground at Melwood as he looks set to miss the start of the forthcoming Premier League season.
Sakho now has his work cut out as his first-team position is already under threat after Klopp confirmed the centre-back signings of Schalke’s Joel Matip and Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan.
However, his manager revealed the player did not dispute his decision, nor will he fine the player as he wants the 26-year-old to improve his attitude.
“It is private how he reacted,” said Klopp. “But we had no argument, it wasn’t ‘aghh, you, no…’. I spoke. You cannot argue when only one person is speaking. That’s all.
“Fine him? I am not interested in the money of the players. Actually not really often in my life I’ve had to fine anybody because I want that we learn together to do the thing that is right.”
The Anfield club were beaten 1-0 on Thursday morning by Premier League rivals Chelsea on their tour of the States as they prepare to take on Italian giants AC Milan on Sunday.
Liverpool begin the new Premier League season with a tough away fixture at Arsenal on 14 August as Klopp searches for Champions League football in his first full season in charge of the club.
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