Liverpool hoping to retain defender services with new deal

Liverpool are ready to begin negotiations over a new deal for Mamadou Sakho in their efforts to keep him at the club, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The 25-year-old join from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain back in 2013, but has struggled to hold down a regular role due to injuries and a drop in form.

It was believed that Serie A giant Roma were considering a move to sign him on a season-long loan, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is still keen to keep him at Anfield.

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He revealed that despite the difficult start to his Premier League career, he will not leave the club and will also feature from the start in tonight’s Europa League clash with Bordeaux.

“Mama is a player we want to keep,” he said.

“We won the first few games so it was difficult for him to get in the team.

“He will start (against Bordeaux in the Europa League) and we want to extend his contract.”

Rodgers has opted to use the centre-back pairing of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren for all five of his team’s league clashes, but is set to field a rotated squad tonight.

Sakho only managed to register 16 appearances for the Reds last term and will have to impress in Europe if he hopes to win back a starting role.