By Will Butcher
Tony Gale believes Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho should be sold this month as he continues to plummet down the Anfield pecking order.
Sakho, 26, has failed to feature for the Reds this season after a pre-season bust-up that saw the France international return to Merseyside ahead of schedule from Liverpool’s tour of America.
That could mean a move is on the cards for Sakho, but Sky Sports revealed on Friday that the 26-year-old’s £105,000-a-week wages have put off Southampton and Swansea, with Sevilla also cooling their interest in the player.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Tuesday, former Premier League ace Gale believes the defender should be offloaded as Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip shine.
“For me it’s time for Sakho to move on,” Gale said. “Lovren has played well in recent weeks.
“At last he’s proving to be the centre-back we thought he might be when he moved from Southampton. Matip has also done well. Would Sakho sit around and be a squad player? I’m not sure.”
With Joe Gomez returning to the side after a long-term injury and summer signing Ragnar Klavan also available to Jurgen Klopp, Sakho is unlikely to be given a chance in the first team.
The Daily Mail revealed earlier this month that Sevilla had thrown their hat into the ring to sign Sakho, along with Bournemouth and Turkish giants Galatasaray.
Since his move to Anfield in the summer of 2013 from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, Sakho has gone on to make 80 first-team appearances in all competitions for the Reds.
Football Insider verdict:
The writing has been on the wall for Sakho since the start of the season. Offloading him as soon as possible will benefit all parties, as he continues to be ostracised from Jurgen Klopp’s side. However, Sakho might have to be willing to reduce his wages in order to obtain a move away from Anfield as his weekly pay continues to act as a deterrent to interested clubs. Currently in the Under-23 squad at Liverpool, Sakho’s career is beginning to stagnate and a move will help him reignite his career. A move for the defender will also free up some cash for manager Klopp, who is likely to be desperate to get rid of Sakho’s huge pay cheque from the Liverpool wage bill.
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