One of Liverpool’s best defenders could be out of the club in the January window. Mamadou Sakho, who at one time could not be dropped from the side, has not played at all this season and reports from Liverpool Echo suggest that the former PSG defender is all but certain to leave Merseyside.
The 26-year-old has had a chequered time with Liverpool ever since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp and the last straw seems to be his snapchat message where he accused the club of not telling the truth about his situation.
The French defender was also sent back from Liverpool’s preseason tour for breaking rules set by the German manager. And it seems that France is the getaway choice for the centre-back.
French paper, L’Equipe, suggests that the social media outburst was enough to make up the minds of the hierarchy at Anfield. It has been a tough time for the French defender and the paper also claims that Sakho will be sold in the summer.
It is believed that the Frenchman rejected many moves in the summer and the ability to not loan out Sakho has frustrated Klopp. Sakho, for his part, has been playing with the U23s all season and continues to be part of the side.
No place in the EFL Cup team
While many expected Klopp to make a few changes in the EFL Cup tie against Tottenham, Sakho was not in the starting line-up and didn’t feature in the game either. Klopp decided to play with a centre-back pairing of Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan in the 2-1 victory.
When the German manager was asked if Sakho would be playing any part in the game, Klopp did not want to speak about the situation.
“You could have read it in English newspapers. I’ve said everything about this in my talk with Mama. There is nothing else to say about it.”
This does signal an end to Sakho’s time at the club.
A talented defender and one of the best at a time
Apart from his passing ability, no one doubted Sakho and his playing style at Liverpool. The 26-year-old always gave his all and was the best defender Liverpool had for years. That situation has changed drastically as the pairing of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip have been exceptional since the start of the season.
It is a shame seeing such a talented player going to waste but there is no place for him in the side at the moment and selling him off in January does make sense. Hopefully, the deadlock between the two sides can end and Sakho will accept a move away to continue his senior career.
Liverpool would not make up the £18 million they paid for the player but they could still get a decent deal in the winter window.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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