By Jack Malone

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is looking for a way out of the club in the next transfer window, according to The Mirror.

The France international, who signed a contract extension in 2015, has not featured for the senior side this season after being banished to the under-23 squad by manager Jurgen Klopp, who is known to be unhappy with his centre-back’s recent behaviour.

The enigmatic German removed Sakho from the pre-season tour of the United States, after he was late for a flight and subsequently for a medical session and team meal.

The 26-year-old was also involved in a doping controversy earlier in the year after testing positive for a fat-burner, although the case was eventually dismissed by UEFA in July.

Sakho rejected a deadline day loan move to Stoke in August, a decision which further angered Klopp, but has now accepted that he has no route back to the first team and is prepared to leave in January.

A return to France could be on the cards, with Lille reportedly interested in a loan deal, although his 100,000 per week wages could scupper their efforts.

It is unknown whether Liverpool would be prepared to subsidise part of Sakho’s wage package in order to finalise a move, but it appears that his time on Merseyside is nearing an end.


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