Liverpool will sell out-of-favour Mamadou Sakho in the January transfer window after Jurgen Klopp confirmed there is no way back for the defender.
Sakho has not featured for Liverpool since April after a succession of disciplinary issues have seen him fall from grace and confined to training with the club’s Under-23s side.
— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho) October 2, 2016
The French international has another three-and-a-half years left to run on his contract at Anfield, but Liverpool will now look to recoup a chunk of the £18million they spent to land the centre-half from Paris St-Germain.
Klopp insists Liverpool have “absolutely no thought to sell any player from the first-team squad” in January, but that doesn’t include Sakho.
“Nothing has changed,” he said.
“He is not in these plans for the first team. The first team squad is here.”
Sakho’s troubles began in April when he was accused by UEFA of failing a drugs test.
Although the 26-year-old was subsequently cleared, he missed Liverpool’s appearance in the Europa League final, plus Euro 2016.
Mama Sakho gatecrashing another interview. My hero, my mate. pic.twitter.com/G1xyntMNLt
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) November 22, 2016
He was then sent home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour in America after he repeatedly broke club rules, with Klopp accusing him of showing disrespect.
West Brom and Stoke could both be possible destinations for Sakho after they were linked with a loan move during the summer.