Last week, Mamadou Sakho was sent home from Liverpool’s North American pre-season tour to continue his rehabilitation from a shin injury at home. The player, out injured and unable to train with his teammates, was finding it difficult to adhere to the strict regimen demanded of the team by manager Jürgen Klopp.
This made him something of a distraction for the squad, and so he was sent home. For his part, Klopp insisted there was nothing more to it than that—no bad blood, no big fight, nothing that would mean Sakho’s time at the club was at its end. When the team returned from tour and Sakho was back fit, he would rejoin his teammates.
However, that didn’t stop Corriere dello Sport from claiming today that there had been a falling out. That Sakho was available. That Roma, in need of defensive reinforcements, might be able to bring the French defender in—and not just that, but that they might be able to bring him to Roma on loan and only paying part of his salary.
It turns out this couldn’t be further from the truth, which is something most Liverpool fans paying attention to the situation probably could have told you already. Still, now we have something better than that. Now we have Mamadou Sakho’s agent telling us that there’s nothing to the rumours linking the defender to Roma on loan.
“I have not had any contact with Roma,” agent Niakate Housseyni told LaRoma24 today when asked about the chances of his client ending up in Serie A this season. “He did not have any argument with his coach, Jürgen Klopp, he is a Liverpool player, [and] I do not think that Roma have the opportunity at this time.”
At the end of the day, almost any player is available for the right price. And it’s not entirely unconceivable that Liverpool might have a right price for Sakho should another club come sniffing around. It seems safe to say that that right price wouldn’t be a loan with Liverpool still paying a large portion of the player’s wages.
And so we’re back to where we were a day ago, hoping that Sakho can get fit quickly and prove to Jürgen Klopp that he deserves to be the go-to defender for Liverpool as they push for the top four and silverware in the manager’s first full season in charge at the club.