Despite being stuck in Liverpool’s reserves for the first half of the season after a falling out with manager Jürgen Klopp, it has taken Mamadou Sakho just four games to establish himself as the foundation of Crystal Palace’s Premier League survival hopes.
Four games, three clean sheet victories to go with a shock 2-1 road victory over presumptive league winners Chelsea. Multiple man of the match and team of the week awards. All told, Sakho has been quick to show his quality, a quality that is to date the biggest mark against Jürgen Klopp’s time in charge at Anfield.
Now, according to the Liverpool Echo, the club have decided Sakho’s showings with Palace mean they can get at least £30M for him when they sell him in the summer. It’s a revelation that will only have Liverpool fans once again wondering why it is they're selling him at all.
Whether or not one agrees with the decision to force the 27-year-old French international out at Anfield if he really is worth £30M on the market, the reality is that the club might just get that kind of a fee back for him given the reported interest elsewhere in signing Sakho.
Beyond Palace, who have already signalled that they would like to retain the player beyond the current season should they remain in the Premier League, Sakho has been listed as Southampton’s top choice to replace Virgil van Dijk should they as expected lose their current number one defender.
Sakho has also been put forward as an ideal replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly at Napoli, and he has been more tentatively linked with multiple other clubs in both England and Italy. In January, Liverpool tried to get £20M for Sakho before giving in and accepting a loan offer from Palace.