Stan Collymore: This Liverpool defender could still have future under Jurgen Klopp
The former Liverpool striker believes Mamadou Sakho could still have a future under Jurgen Klopp
Stan Collymore believes Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho could still have a future under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds defender hasn’t played a Premier League minute in the 2016-17 season after falling out-of-favour under the Liverpool boss in the summer.
Sakho was sent home early from the Merseyside club’s pre-season tour of the United States and has been training with their Under-23 squad in recent months.
Klopp was forced to utilise Lucas Leiva as a makeshift centre-half on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool squandered a lead to lose 4-3 to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
The Liverpool manager’s summer signing Joel Matip missed the trip to the south coast of England with an injury after impressing alongside Dejan Lovren this term.
Former Reds striker Collymore believes Klopp could be tempted to recall Sakho after his side’s poor defensive performance at Bournemouth.
“As for the central defensive two, I just wonder if Jurgen may be thinking of not yet getting rid of Sakho you know,” Collymore wrote in his BoyleSports column.
“Great ball player he may not be but he’s one of the top two or three in box reactive defenders in the league and again, maybe if he were on duty today, his leadership and “ye shall not pass” attitude may have made a difference.”
Sakho moved to Liverpool in a £16m deal under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table and four points behind Chelsea.