The last several months have been turbulent ones for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho. The 26-year-old French international was forced into a temporary suspension toward the end of the 2015/16 campaign following the witch hunt conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Although he was later cleared of wrong-doing, the suspension came at great personal and professional cost, forcing Sakho to miss the Europa League final and the European Championship final.
Following the suspension, Sakho quickly picked up an Achilles injury (which is quickly replacing “hamstring” for the new shit word), ruling him out of training for the height of the preseason period. Now, things have gone from bad to worse, as The Echo are reporting that he’s been sent home from the US preseason tour for poor attitude.
As of this writing, it is unclear exactly what “poor attitude” encompasses. However, fellow injured Reds Lucas Leiva and Joe Gomez remain on the tour, so it can almost definitively said to be unrelated to Sakho’s injury.
Here it must be noted that this isn’t Sakho’s first disagreement with management. Sakho famously stormed out of Anfield after being passed over for the matchday squad in the Merseyside Derby in the beginning of 2014/15. He immediately apologized for his rash conduct, but in the context of the latest events it points to an undercurrent of unpredictable and undesirable dressing room behavior from the player.
No one would doubt Sakho’s passion, but it seems that this passion comes with a dark side of which we are not privy. It is too early to say what the future holds for Sakho at Liverpool, but this cannot be a good sign.
Jürgen Klopp is definitely the type of manager you don’t want to be on the bad side of, and by removing Sakho from the squad he sent a warning not just to the player but to the rest of the team. It’s Kloppo’s world, we’re just living in it.