Sakho does not have to gain my trust says Klopp; reveals he is still in plans for the season
Liverpool are all set to face the Champions of England in their first match at the new renovated Anfield in what is dubbed as a night to remember for all the fans of the club.
The manager has made a decent start to the campaign taking 4 points from trips to the Emirates and the White Hart Lane and will hope to have a good game against Leicester City on Saturday.
Talking to the media ahead of the game against the Foxes, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp opened up about a player who has been left in the limbo for 4 months now.
Mamadou Sakho, who had a turbulent 4 months which saw him lose his place in two cup finals after being banned by WADA for the use of an illegal drug which was later withdrawn.
The ban saw the French international miss out on the Europe League final over Sevilla for Liverpool and then the entire EURO16 tournament where France made it to the final only to lose to Portugal.
He was also involved in an altercation with the manager that saw Klopp ask Sakho to find another club to play his football this season. Sakho rejected deals from Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion to stay at Anfield and though it was revealed that he would be frozen, he was named in the 22-man Liverpool squad and has also resumed training with the first team.
The manager was asked about his stance on Sakho and Klopp revealed that he has not a problem with the 26-year old.
He revealed that he wanted Sakho to move out of the club to find some game time and it will be hard for him to get any this season at Liverpool.
“Now the squad is like it is, it is about making Mama fit,” he said.
“He isn’t. He has had suspension and injury. Now we will see what happens. It’s about who plays now and then at the end, Mama knows and I know. That is enough. He doesn’t have to gain my trust.”
He could not play for a long time. Then how do you get match time after a long break? It is difficult. You hope people stay fit – maybe not for Mama’s sake – but for the team,” he added.
He also went on to explain that Sakho is still an important part of the squad and that if he gets enough game time, he can regain place in the starting XI.
“I am not silly enough to forget good performances but the rest we see. Now we have more centre-halves – good – but for him it needs time. It is part of the game and we will see what happens,” Klopp added.
It will come as great news for the Liverpool fans who have a soft corner for Sakho and did not want him to leave the club.
Do you think Sakho has a chance to come back into the squad this season at Anfield?
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