Sakho sale could be a Liverpool gaffe

Despite some defensive woes at Anfield this season, Liverpool have left Mamadou Sakho rotting in their U-23s. The Frenchman, a full international, is a somewhat controversial character and following his doping saga of last season (for which he was cleared) and a pre-season fall-out with Jurgen Klopp, he has been frozen out entirely.

The Reds chief attempted to force him away from the club over the summer, but Sakho elected to stay, and since then he’s not featured in any matchday squads, with the Kop boss remaining firm in his stance that the player does not figure in his plans.

But, his long-awaited exit could happen this Deadline Day, with Crystal Palace interested in the 26-year-old. But, is Klopp being too stubborn for his own good? Is Sakho actually worthy of another go?

Well, his stats from last season hint that could be the case…

As there’s nothing to go on from this term, we looked back at his 2015/16 Premier League campaign, which was pretty impressive. The commanding centre-back played 1,065 successful passes (with a completion rate of 88%), illustrating his technical qualities, while his 141 clearances (averaging out at just over six-a-game) is a standout return. On top of those numbers, the former Paris Saint-Germain captain won 62% of his aerial duels, made 37 interceptions and was successful with 20 tackles.

Is Klopp making a mistake? Is he being too stubborn? Tell us what you think below…