Sakho out for eight weeks

Liverpool will be without the services of defender Mamadou Sakho for eight weeks due to a knee ligament injury suffered in Sunday's defeat to Crystal Palace.

While losing Sakho for the remainder of the year is a blow, there were fears that the French International's season could be over after initial assessments indicated he may have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

Sakho picked up the injury when he fell awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Palace's Yannick Bolasie.

Together with Martin Skrtel, Sakho has formed part of new boss Jurgen Klopp's first choice central defensive pairing, and Klopp illustrated his importance after the match against Palace, saying: "I would prefer to lose 4-1 and keep him in the team."

Croatia international Dejan Lovren is likely to fill the void left by Sakho.

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