Liverpool defender's agent comments on move abroad, rejects Klopp fall-out claims
By Coral Barry
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho did not have an argument with Jurgen Klopp and is not joining Roma because of a dispute with his manager, according to the player’s agent.
The defender was sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of America with reports circulating that he had fallen out with Klopp after several time-keeping incidents.
Klopp admitted he was displeased with Sakho’s behaviour before he was shipped back to Melwood, but Niakate Housseyni has dismissed suggestions his client could be about to leave the club and join reported suitors Roma.
“No, I haven’t had any contact with Roma,” Housseyni told Italian publication LaRoma24.
“He didn’t have an argument with his manager, Jurgen Klopp.
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Asked if he’ll stay at Liverpool, Housseyni said: “Yes, he’s a Liverpool player. I don’t think Roma have that opportunity right now.”
Reports in Italy have claimed that Roma were hoping to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding Sakho’s future.
The France international had just returned to the Liverpool squad after finally settling a drug violation case against him.
Sakho missed the Europa League final and his country’s Euro 2016 campaign, but was cleared of any wrong doing earlier in the summer by UEFA after an investigation.
The 26-year-old is a popular figure among the Liverpool players and supporters and it seems as though he is staying put.