First it was Luis Alberto, then followed by Kolo Toure, Skrtel and of recent Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen. The Exodus has started at Anfield, with Klopp discarding any player he considers surplus to requirements ahead of next season. From the look of things, another player might join the train, despite being likely to remain with the squad next season. French defender, Mamadou Sakho already had his starting berth came under heavy threat when he got a 30-day ban excluding him from all footballing activities from UEFA last season. As a result, he wasn’t available for selection till the end of the season while consequently missing out on France squad for the Euros. He has however been declared innocent of all wrong doings by UEFA and returned to the club’s squad. But recent activities from the 26-year-old might have jeopardized his playing chances in the future.
Liverpool are currently on a pre-season tour, taking part in the International Champions Cup but Sakho isn’t present with the squad as he was sent back home earlier this week. He is now back at Melwood, training and undergoing rehabilitation to fully recover from an Achilles injury he sustained back in May. However, it would have been better if he were part of the squad on tour, getting to know more of what the handler requires of his players ahead of the coming season. After breaching 3 rules, the German had to send the defender back home in order to curtail such indiscipline and keeping a hold of his players’ respect.
He was said to have almost missed the flight taking the team to San Francisco last week. While in the States, he missed a treatment session, and was also late for a team meal. Given Klopp’s no nonsense attitude, such offences were not bound to go unpunished. The height of it all was during the club’s visit to Alcatraz prison during their 1st day of the U.S tour. While Klopp was conducting an interview, Sakho interrupted the session with his own video coverage, jokingly asking the coach if he would be able to survive 3 days at the facility, with Klopp replying that Sakho was the one fit to stay behind after his recent habitual late coming.
Weighing in on the player’s sending off from the group, the coach said,
“We have rules and we have to respect them. If somebody doesn’t respect them, or somebody gives me the feeling he is not respecting them, then I have to react. It is private how he reacted. But we had no argument. I spoke. You cannot argue when only one person is speaking. That’s all. A session missed is a session. Even injured players have sessions.”
Prior to all these, it seemed the former Dortmund was already starting to prepare for life without the defender, snapping up Cameroon international, Joel Matip on a Bosman free transfer from Schalke 04 in January, and recently securing the services of Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg for a fee of £4.2million. Including Dejan Lovren, the trio look set to constitute the coach’s major fielding for the backline next season. Sakho’s future at the Merseyside club continues to be in great doubt.