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.

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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.