Mamadou Sakho’s Liverpool career is over. Regardless of the fact that he’s still officially on the books at the club and occasionally is given a run out with the U23 side, short of a situation that sees all four first team centre halves injured and Jürgen Klopp forced to call on Sakho to play alongside Joe Gomez, he’s done.
Such has been the case since the summer, when Sakho had a falling out with Klopp on the club’s pre-season tour and the club tried to send him out on loan only for the player to refuse a move. There was a case at the time that, just maybe, it was a brave, bold attempt to salvage his Liverpool career. In retrospect, it was a mistake.
Now, according to reports in France, the club are actively shopping Sakho and have let it be known that they would accept any offer of €15M—or about £12.5M—in January. They aren’t interested in loans and future options; they want a sale. The only question is who wants to meet the asking price.
Given that Sakho is still only 26 years old and that at this time last year he was France’s first choice centre half and vice-captain, it’s difficult to imagine there wouldn’t be takers at a fee roughly £5M less than what Liverpool paid to bring him to Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013.
Sakho, though, has been rumoured to have little interest in heading to a Ligue 1 or mid-table Premier League side, which is what most of the sides he’s so far been linked to have been. Sakho knows he’s in the midst of what should be his prime footballing years, and he wants to make a move to a top club.
That, and not Liverpool’s willingness to sell or some other club’s willingness to pay €15M for Sakho, looks to be the main sticking point, and the player could have a difficult choice to make should January arrive and his only suitors be the likes of Marseille and West Bromwich Albion.