Rumors have circulated all summer that Liverpool center back and international sartorial trendsetter Mamadou Sakho wanted a move away from the club due the manager preferring the services of Dejan Lovren over him. Sakho previously had shown his anger at this treatment last year when he stormed out of Anfield before their game against Everton after not making the squad. In the months since then, Sakho recovered from an injury that saw him missing out on several weeks of action and earned back his place as one of three center backs in the 3-5-2 formation that nearly saved Liverpool's season.
Despite that comeback, Lovren was, indeed, picked to start in last week's opening game, a tricky fixture away to Stoke City. Though whether that was indicative of Rodgers's future plans or due to the birth of Sakho's second child, we won't know until Monday.
The consensus by the media seems to be that Italy is Sakho's most likely destination, should he and the club part ways. The latest news confirms this, with Liverpool apparently flatly rejecting a loan move to AS Roma for the player. Reports vary on whether the Italian club that finished second in Serie A last season were looking for an option to make the move permanent. What is known is that Liverpool rejected the move out of hand.
These reports come in the wake of Roma selling their young center back, Alessio Romagnoli, to AC Milan for £18m. They should to be searching for a replacement, and one couldn't blame them for targeting Liverpool's impressive, if injury-prone, and massively under-utilized French defender.
It's true that Rodgers's current plans may not include Sakho starting in league games. However, they're at the beginning of a very long and taxing season, and getting rid of a high-quality, ready-made replacement like Sakho would be criminally negligent on the part of the club, especially for a loan move without a big pay off. James Pearce and others with close ties to Liverpool have stated that Sakho is not for sale this season, and that is likely to be fact. A fit and firing Dejan Lovren is one thing -- a mentally and physically exhausted Lovren staring down the endless, barren wasteland of January while playing 3 games a week is an entirely different and even more terrifying prospect altogether.
The fact that other clubs are knocking at the door regarding Sakho is unsurprising, but don't expect him to go anywhere this season. And who knows, we may yet see Sakho back in the line up against Bournemouth on Monday.