Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool future is not looking good right now after being sent home from their pre-season tour of US.
Sakho’s US trip began with a pathetic mode as he turned up late for their flight to America last week.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is also believed to have been concerned by Sakho’s general attitude around the training camp in California this week.
During a trip to Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay Sakho pissed off Klopp by interrupting the German while he was in the middle of an interview asking: “How long do you think you can live here?”
Klopp straightaway replied: “I don’t have to think about that – you should. Only one of us turned up late for departure from Liverpool. It was you.”
The incident didn’t turn up well. On Tuesday he was on his way home again on the same Heathrow flight from San Francisco as full-back Brad Smith, who was heading for his medical at Bournemouth ahead of a potential £6m move.
Liverpool, meanwhile, refused to comment on whether Sakho has to face any further disciplinary action but informed only he will continue his rehabilitation from an Achilles’ injury at their Melwood training base.
But what about the other injured stars such as Joe Gomez? They have stayed in America reigniting speculation there is a serious rift going on between Sakho and his manager.
You have to remember, Klopp always wanted to keep the whole squad together – injured or otherwise – to build team spirit ahead of the new season.
The French defender will anyway miss the opening part of the Premier League season because of his injury but this is yet another blow in a turbulent few months for the 26-year-old.
He hasn’t featured for Liverpool since April after he failed a drugs test following Liverpool’s Europa League win against Manchester United in March.
As a result, he missed the Reds’ Europa League final defeat by Sevilla and Euro 2016, only to be subsequently cleared by UEFA.