Sakho admits he broke the rules
Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho has spoken out for the first time about what’s gone wrong for him at Liverpool this season.
The defender has had a major fallout with manager Jurgen Klopp for breaking club rules several times.
He’s been frozen out completely from the first team and won’t play in the senior squad at Anfield again.
He’s been playing with the under-23s to keep his fitness up, as Liverpool look to sell him before the end of this transfer window.
It all began when he was banned by UEFA for testing positive for a fat burner that turned out not to be an actual banned substance. However, the club were unhappy that he had been using the burner without their knowing.
After he was cleared to play, he then threw himself into further controversy by being late for a flight to the USA for the team’s pre-season tour, and also being late for training sessions and team meetings.
The 26-year-old France international has opened up on the mistakes he has made at Liverpool and explained how he has coped without first-team football.
“It is true that I turned up late. There was a rule that I should have observed. I do not at all see myself as above the rules, I respect everyone,” Sakho told Canal Football Club.
“I paid my fine, I was sanctioned, I apologised to my team-mates and my manager. Aside from that… I do not want to go into the controversies.
“I work a lot, I have the chance to train with the reserve team, which allows me to keep up. And beside that I have my trainer. So I work a lot to stay on top of my game.”
The former PSG centre-back admits he is hoping of returning to his former club one day, and says that his history of being a player there would prevent him from ever joining Marseille,
“Since I started this incredible adventure abroad, in terms of football but also in terms of my family, because when I see my children speaking English I think it is a glorious thing that I have been able to give them,” he added.
“I think I have a few more wonderful years to experience abroad first. And PSG, why not, but afterwards.
“I think Marseille have a very good team. Bafé (Gomis) and Patrice (Evra) are friends of mine. But my answer to this might remind certain people about a song. When there is PSG, Sakho is with them.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10