By Danny Wright
Liverpool will struggle to sell Mamadou Sakho in the summer after he injured his knee while playing on loan for Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claims that the 27-year-old could miss nine months of action after he was stretchered off in the second-half of Palace’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham.
It is understood that his £30million move away from Anfield will be on the rocks if the worst case scenario materialises.
Sakho landed awkwardly after challenging for the ball and Palace boss Sam Allardyce is worried that it could be a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“It looks like ligament trouble for Mama, but which one we don’t know,” said the ex-England and West Ham manager, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“We certainly hope it’s not the cruciate but it could be the medial or the lateral.
“It certainly looks like a hyper-extension of the knee and we wait and see what the scan shows.”
Sakho is set to undergo a scan on Thursday but is believed to have no future at Anfield after falling out with Jurgen Klopp.
He took no part in the first half of this season after he was sent home from pre-season training last summer.
Allardyce snapped the centre-back up on a loan deal in January and he has done a brilliant job in the Eagles’ back-line as they move away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Football Insider Verdict
Sakho’s injury will prove to be a huge blow for a number of clubs, mainly Liverpool who could have made a healthy profit on the centre-back in the summer. His performances for Palace have been nothing short of a revelation since January . The fact that Klopp won’t be able to sell Sakho could also mean that less funds will be available in the coming transfer window, perhaps putting in doubt a move for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. Above all of this though, it’s a tragedy for Sakho himself, who has been through the mill over the past year and looked like he was finally getting back to showcasing what he does best on the pitch.