News – UK – Mamadou Sakho impressed in training but was Liverpool’s class clown


Mamadou Sakho was a cult hero in Liverpool, but after an up and down Anfield career, he tested Jürgen Klopp’s patience too often

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As Liverpool prepared to end a busy but ultimately overwhelming summer, it was a deadline for signing that was going to be most exciting

With Brendan Rodgers on the market to further bolster his defensive options after signing the Kolo Toure free transfer, the highly rated but unrecognized Thiago Ilori came in for £ 7m

But it wasn’t the young Portuguese who were in the spotlight in early September 2013

At £ 18million, Sakho would be the most expensive center-back in Anfield history at the time, and in the top five of a position

The timing of the deal – on the last legs of the window – may have alarmed some, but Sakho’s signature was viewed as a statement at the time

At the age of 23, the former PSG captain was seen as the potential foundation of a defense that would back Rodgers’ allegations for fame at Anfield

Sakho was capped 14 times by France in September 2013 and was considered someone who could become a mainstay at the heart of Liverpool’s defense in the years to come

“You look at some teams and they have aging mid-halves because it’s hard to get a really good one,” Rodgers said at the time,

“Sakho is 23, but he’s an experienced player, he has high-profile internationals and looks like an absolute monster in training. He’s one who is ready now and that’s what we want

“We had a chance to protect the club for the next 10 years and we did”

Sakho’s first campaign coincided with Rodger’s best season as Liverpool manager, when they had earned a first title for nearly a quarter of a century

However, the Frenchman only played 18 games in the Premier League when the Reds’ title hopes were dashed by a permeable defense that conceded a whopping 50 goals

That number was almost double that of third place at Chelsea, which gave an easy starting point to investigate where it went wrong

Critics viewed an apparently restless and nervous Sakho as an impending danger, someone who never looked confident with the ball at his feet

Despite Sakho’s growing uncertainty for some, the defender managed to score a 92 percent pass accuracy in his first season

But with Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger also on the roster, Rodgers never seemed to trust his £ 18 million man entirely

Dejan Lovren’s July 2014 addition of 20 million GBP was an indirect charge against Sakho’s failure to convince in his first year

Sakho would be even less featured in the following campaign as Rodgers’ Reds didn’t emerge from a harrowing hangover for missing the title in the weeks of May 2014

Sixteen Premier League games for Sakho were successful on the final day when Liverpool were embarrassed 6-1 in Steven Gerrard’s last game for the club at Stoke

The following term was seen as a fresh start for everyone as Rodgers kept his job and a new team was hired behind the scenes

Sean O’Driscoll and Gary McAllister as Pep Lijnders were promoted after his impressive work with the club’s U16s

A high-spending summer ensued when Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne arrived for over £ 70 million along with Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and James Milner

The armband was given to Sakho for a Europa League game in Bordeaux, but he had to wait until the end of September for his first Premier League start of the season when Rodger’s tenure broke

He played in the last game of the Rodgers reign – the 1-1 draw at Everton – before being named to Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool team at Spurs in mid-October

Sakho showed some absolutely solid results for Liverpool in Europe as they marched to the Europa League final, the French international was excellent at Old Trafford and Dortmund, as Klopp’s up-and-coming side Manchester United and the former German side en route to Basel defeated where they were beaten by Seville

Sakho’s growing reputation as a cult hero grew significantly when he scored against Everton and in the breathtaking comeback against Dortmund in Anfield in April 2016

“The fans never leave us and they always scream, always And together I think it’s a win for the country of Liverpool,” he said after the game

He continued to popularize when he and Divock Origi snuck a selfie into the picture gallery of Reds fan Liamie Marum after the supporter lost his cell phone on the pitch in the chaos after the win against Dortmund

But if April 2016 marked the high point of Sakho’s time in Liverpool, it would also signal the lowest when he was banned from doping at the end of the month

A first sample revealed traces of a fat-burning substance He decided against another test before being temporarily suspended for 30 days

He would miss the Europa League final against Sevilla the following month and was not on the French European Championship squad later that summer

When Sakho got back from the ban, a new page was about to be turned as Sakho tried to quietly fight the world anti-doping agency while getting his football going again

Released from his injury in July – an incident where he would later receive an apology from WADA – Liverpool’s pre-season trip to the US should have been the ideal opportunity to start over after a tumultuous few months serve only to hasten the decline from which there would be no turning back Sakho was treated for an Achilles injury when he violated Klopp’s internal discipline Stateside Concerns had been raised about his stance on the club’s training camp, leading to that he was quick to return to Merseyside on Klopp’s testimony that it was never explicitly stated why Sakho was sent back across the Atlantic, but he is reported to have almost missed the outbound flight before skipping a rehabilitation session and arriving late for a team dinner

The class clown for whom class never ended, Sakho’s antics in California were the last straw. Even Klopp’s patience was waning

The defender was relegated to the U23 and would never play for the first team again, even if Klopp’s backline underwent a rigorous test in the weeks and months leading up to Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January 2018

WADA confirmed that they would not appeal UEFA’s decision to release Sakho in August this year until he was told he would need to be loaned out if he wanted to continue playing football at the highest level, the letter was up on his career in Liverpool on the wall, but Sakho couldn’t secure a move before the transfer deadline

Both Stoke and West Brom were interested, but no move The middle half was not interested in what he saw as a significant step down

Instead, Sakho had half a season’s difficult situation with the club’s U23 selection at Kirkby Academy

A 3 o’clock post on his Snapchat account was also ill-advised when Sakho voiced his frustrations about the situation, “Now it’s 3 weeks I’ve been able to play,” he posted, “I’m finishing all my rehabilitation work.” / p>

“They don’t want me to play with the Segonde team (U23) too Why? I don’t know “[I] still work hard like [a] Scouse soldier! I still don’t speak [because] I want to speak in the square, I’ll soon be speaking for the people who support me and don’t understand the situation.” / p>

“I accept my situation, but I cannot accept the lie.The fans deserve to know the truth! Thanks for your support”

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After the suspension in April, it would be more than five months before Sakho would play again when he came back for the U23 against Wolfsburg in the reserved surroundings of Prenton Park

Those who trained with Sakho spoke of his professionalism and dedication when he surprised the young players with his willingness to play for the U23

But if Sakho hoped that Klopp would be delayed, he would be wrong

When January arrived, Sakho was graciously rescued from his misery in Liverpool when he agreed to a loan transfer to the Crystal Palace

Like West Brom and Stoke – the two clubs Sakho turned down last summer – the Frenchman would have viewed Palace privately as yet another resignation, but after nine months of inactivity at the elite level, he accepted the proposal

“At the moment it’s a new site for me,” said Sakho. “When I have a new shirt, I always do my best” The presence of Christian Benteke, his former Anfield team-mate, was believed to be an important one Figure in Sakho’s decision was to move to Selhurst Park

Sakho’s form in south London was so big that Palace made him their all-time record signing when he signed a permanent deal worth around £ 25 million in the summer of 2017

Between his critics and those who stood up for his case, Sakho was a player who always shared opinions

For some he was good enough to lead a defense at Anfield for years, while others viewed him as an accident always waiting to be happened

Over three years after leaving Anfield when he turned 31 Celebrating a birthday, the truth is more the focus

Liverpool FC., Jürgen Klopp

News – GB – Mamadou Sakho impressed in training, but was Liverpool’s class clown