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Mamadou Sakho | Defensemen | #3

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 183

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Mamadou Sakho looks set to be frozen out of Liverpool's matchday squads as Jurgen Klopp is reportedly frustrated with the defender's refusal to agree to a transfer or loan away.
With Mario Balotelli finally off the books for the Reds, the club now have another nuisance to deal with. Sakho has fallen dramatically this year, going from a first choice center back to a player that dealt with an anti-doping ban and then displayed consistent misconduct during the preseason. West Brom, Stoke and Besiktas were reportedly interested in purchasing Sakho from Liverpool, but the French international rejected them all. The Baggies were even willing to pay £20m for a permanent move, which is £2m more than the Reds originally payed. Instead of making a profit, the club will now have the maligned defender burning a hole in their wallet while banishing him from competitive action until at least January. Sep 2 - 7:13 AM
Source: Mirror

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Mamadou Sakho, who has just returned to training for Liverpool, is being considered for a loan away from the club.

They say that time heals all wounds and, with a loan away from Anfield, perhaps Sakho can get back into a groove after a tumultuous few months in which he was charged with a doping violation, suffered two different injuries and was sent home early from the Reds preseason tour for misconduct. Klopp has two new central defenders, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, to call upon in the meantime, along with Dejan Lovren and an eventually-returning Joe Gomez. The good news is, whether he stays or goes, Sakho is nearing fitness and Sadio Mane has returned to training as well.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 23 - 5:24 AM

After a few actions by Mamadou Sakho that Jurgen Klopp deemed to show a "lack of respect", the Liverpool manager sent the defender home early from the club's preseason tour of the United States.

It has been a series of unfortunate events for Sakho in recent months, but while he was cleared from a doping violation and cannot be blamed for injuring his heel, there is no one to fault but the Frenchman for his behavior since the club embarked on their preseason tour. First, he missed the flight to the US, then he was AWOL from a training session and then was late for a meal with his teammates. Klopp was quoted as saying that the situation was "not that serious" and that he hasn't given up on Sakho. However, one has to think this only takes a serious hit to his status in the center back depth chart. Had the summer been free of incident, despite the additions of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, Sakho looked poised to be the Week 1 starter in partnership with Dejan Lovren. Now, it could easily be one of Matip or Klavan to take the spot away.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 28 - 6:26 AM

Mamadou Sakho will miss the majority of the preseason and could perhaps be doubt for the opening weekend as the Liverpool center back has picked up a heel injury.

This has been a summer to forget for Sakho to say the least. He was slapped with a ban under the leagues anti-doping policy in late April, forcing him to miss the last month of the season and the Europa League final for the Reds. That then provided a catalyst to keep him from playing for France in Euro 2016. Now, not even a week after the tournament ends, he has a heel injury that will cause him to miss what Jurgen Klopp estimates to be three to four weeks. This could open the door wide for Joel Matip, signed from Schalke this summer, to take a starting role straight away and run with it. Even if Sakho is declared fit ahead of Week 1, the lack of preseason looks to give Matip the edge to partner Dejan Lovren at center back. Bump Matip up in your fantasy draft leagues.
Jul 13 - 5:19 AM

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) have dismissed any wrong doing in the case of Mamadou Sakho after his alleged use of a banned substance.

The Liverpool defender served a 30-day suspension – at his own request - causing him to miss the season run-in which included Liverpool’s Europa League cup final against Sevilla, and with it, went his chances of representing France at Euro 2016. But, on Thursday in Paris, Sakho was given the all-clear to resume his playing career by UEFA after it found there had been no doping violation. In response, Liverpool released a statement saying they "welcomed" the decision while for Sakho, this brings to an end a difficult few months: "I am happy that this is finally over," said the 26-year-old. "I am looking forward to getting back in the team and playing again."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 8 - 4:27 PM

The UEFA have ended the anti-doping ban levied on Mamadou Sakho back in March, and the French international defender is eligible to play again for club and country.

Sakho may squeeze his way into the French squad for this summer's Euros as the team's manager, Didier Deschamps, has until the last day of the month to submit his final 23-man list. A lawyer representing Sakho argued that the substance used by Sakho which got him into trouble, a fat-burning product, was not on the list of banned substances. Sakho has reportedly been training on his own during his suspension and is eager to play for Les Blues.
Source: Guardian
May 28 - 10:40 AM

Liverpool released a statement on their official website that Mamadou Sakho will not be available for selection as he is currently under investigation by UEFA for an anti-doping violation.

The club stated that Sakho has not been formally suspended, but the defender will be kept from playing until the "process" of the investigation has been carried out. Sakho had recently become a hero on the pitch with his goal that brought the Reds level against Borussia Dortmund then scoring again in the Merseyside derby. Kolo Toure returns to center back for Liverpool today, partnering Dejan Lovren, while Martin Skrtel is fit enough to make the bench.
Apr 23 - 9:21 AM

Jurgen Klopp was unable to make a definitive statement on the availability of Mamadou Sakho when Liverpool host Manchester City tomorrow evening.

Sakho picked up a head injury in the Capital One Cup final and, as with most head injuries, it is difficult to put a timetable on when a player will be right again. Sakho has not been ruled out and the Reds play tomorrow instead of tonight, so it gives him a bit more time to be cleared for action, but from a fantasy perspective it is not worth the gamble if you have another option available. Kolo Toure looks guaranteed to start his sixth of Liverpool's last seven league matches after having only seen the pitch for a total of three minutes this season before this current run in the side.
Mar 1 - 12:54 PM

Liverpool are in talks with Aston Villa over the possibility of ending Tiago Ilori’s season long loan deal. Jurgen Klopp is hoping to find a solution to their current crisis. Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren (both hamstring) are all sidelined while there are doubts over the fitness of Kolo Toure.

Ilori has struggled due to injury since his arrival at Villa Park and Remi Garde may be willing to cancel his agreement with Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore all vying for a place at centre-back. Ilori has been included in the match-day squad just once this season (a place on the bench versus Southampton in GW15) and the 22-year-old could be used a stop gap to help ease the defensive dilemma. Fortunately, Sakho could be back sooner rather than later after picking up a knee problem at the Boleyn Ground but Lovren and Skrtel are not expected to return until February.
Source: Daily Mail
Jan 6 - 9:42 AM

Mamadou Sakho could be back before Christmas after Jurgen Klopp revealed the French defender re-joined the group in full training this week.

Sakho has been out since straining medial knee ligaments against Crystal Palace over a month ago but the player may return well ahead of schedule after Liverpool originally projected an 8-week absence. The 25-year-old had a slow start to the season under Rodgers but was rejuvenated after Klopp took charge and his return will provide a massive boost ahead of a busy Festive fixture period. Elsewhere: Jordon Ibe is expected to feature on Sunday having missed out against FC Sion (in the Europa League) on Thursday due to illness. The young winger had a light session on Friday while it is hoped that Daniel Sturridge could come back into consideration having suffered (another) setback (hamstring) at Newcastle last weekend.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 11:28:00 AM

The French Football Federation have confirmed that Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been withdrawn from the upcoming internationals after suffering a knee injury during Sundays’ defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Sakho landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Bakary Sako and despite trying to carry on the 25-year-old was forced off just before half-time. "It looks bad but it is too early to say," revealed Jürgen Klopp post-match. "We have to wait for a scan." Sakho has flourished under the German after a slow start to the season. His loss for any significant period would prove to be a massive blow with Liverpool still involved in the League Cup and Europa League competitions. The fit again Dejan Lovren will deputise during the interim.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 07:34:00 AM

Mamadou Sakho will need two to three weeks to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up in the FA Cup replay against Blackburn Rovers back on April 8th.

There is no fantasy impact with this news heading into this weekend as the Reds will be participating in the FA Cup semifinal and will make up their PL fixture with a double gameweek 34. That is where this news becomes relevant to fantasy managers. With Martin Skrtel back from suspension, we have a pretty clear indication of who from defense will be worth investing in for the upcoming double - Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno. Emre Can should start both games of the double as well in defense, though his midfield classification denies owners of potential clean sheet points.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Mamadou Sakho has returned to training for Liverpool ahead of the club's Week 27 match with Manchester City at Anfield.

After a rough first season in the Premier League, Sakho has been playing much better in recent weeks. An injury would barely have registered for supporters last season but it was a cause for some concern last week after Sakho picked up an injury in the first Europa Cup match against Besiktas. While Sakho failed to recover in time to travel to Turkey for the second leg, he has at least a chance of returning for Sunday's big Premier League match. The combination of his uncertain health and Liverpool's opponent make him a dubious candidate for fantasy purposes this weekend but moving forward he is a solid bet based on Liverpool's recent form.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 01:22:00 PM

Liverpool made it five consecutive away clean-sheets in the league for the first time since 1985 on Sunday and the Reds were able to stifle the Southampton attack without Mamadou Sakho who was ruled out after picking up a hip problem in the Europa League on Thursday.

The full extent of injury is not yet known and Brendan Rodgers confirmed pre-match that Sakho would need a scan "[to] see how long [the defender will be out]." However Liverpool gave another solid defensive performance with Martin Skrtel winning the man-of-the-match award while the absence of the Frenchman meant former Saint Dejan Lovren made a timely return to the starting eleven for the first time since December. The win sets up Liverpool for a potentially season defining week with an away trip to Besiktas on Thursday and the visit of Champions Manchester City next Sunday.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Liverpool were full of promise and hope having acquitted themselves well against champions elect Chelsea at Anfield a week ago, their high pressing game and searing pace on the break caused numerous problems on the night earning Thibaut Courtois the man-of-the-match award.

But all hopes of a cup final appearance were dashed as Branislav Ivanovic headed home Willian’s cross early in extra-time to seal the win. Liverpool are almost unrecognisable from the side which stuttered through the early weeks of their Premier League campaign and now look assured and something like the side which pushed Manchester City hard last season. However Wednesdays’ misery was compounded by the loss of Mamadou Sakho not long after half-time to an unspecified injury – the defender has excelled since his return from a thigh injury in December and last night was the first time he has tasted defeat in 12 games. Dejan Lovren could return should the Frenchman miss the visit of West Ham on Saturday.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 07:26:00 AM