By Tom Blackburn

Liverpool are looking to send Mamadou Sakho out on loan to help the centre-back regain form and fitness, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim that Sakho will be allowed to leave in a bid to let recapture his best form before returning for a second stint at Anfield.

It is said that Liverpool’s willingness to listen to offers does not imply they are wanting to permanently offload the centre-back.

A short-term arrangement would be seen as beneficial to the 26-year-old and the club, allowing him to get back to the levels required to compete for his first team place.

Sakho was banned from playing football in April after failing a drugs test, and subsequently missed the end of the season and Frances Euro 2016 campaign, but is now able to play again.

Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claimed at the start of August that Serie A giants Roma are keen to sign the centre-back on loan, but with an obligation to buy him permanently.

This came after Sakho was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States by manager Jurgen Klopp, after breaking numerous rules.

The report said Roma general manager Mauro Baldissoni was willing to meet Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy in order to discuss the possible move.

Sakho joined the Merseyside club from French giants Paris St Germain in 2013 for a fee of £18 million and has made 80 appearances.

The 26-year-old played 22 league matches last season and was a crucial figure in Liverpool’s Europa League run before they lost out to Sevilla in the final.

In the latest Liverpool news, a Premier League duo eye a former Liverpool full-back rated at £30million.