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Mamadou Sakho | Defensemen | #3

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/13/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 176

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed the club will do everything in its power to keep Mamadou Sakho.
The Liverpool defender made only eight Premier League appearances since arriving in the winter transfer window, but the club recorded four clean sheets and five wins in that span before the Frenchman suffered a season-ending injury. But with Liverpool reportedly holding out for £30 million, it could be an uphill battle for Palace to make the loan permanent. "The money needs to work for us and for Liverpool," Parish said. "I'm sure there'll be a negotiation on that. If we can make it work, of course we'd like to, I'm not going to try and be coy or clever on that. He's a very good player and I think he likes being with us. We like him. Let's hope we can do it." May 24 - 2:35 PM
Source: Daily Mail

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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce did not sound too optimistic over the fitness of Mamadou Sakho.

The on-loan defender from Liverpool has proven to be a shrewd addition in the winter transfer window, but sustained a knee injury at the end of April in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham. The club originally hoped he would be able to return for the end of the season, but Allardyce said the chances are slim: "He has been away in France. He is back here now but I think it will not be long enough for the recovery period to think he would be available for Old Trafford. I did not get my hopes up too much. Some players recover quicker than others. Maybe if he was a quick healer we might have speeded the process up."
May 13 - 5:13 AM

Crystal Palace (and Liverpool) dodged a bullet with defender Mamadou Sakho set to miss weeks rather than months.

The on-loan defender appeared to sustain a gruesome injury for Crystal Palace against Spurs last week after leaving on a stretcher with a knee injury. But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that scans showed there isn't any ligament damage as Sakho could return before the end of the season. "Since we got the images from Crystal Palace, we know there are no ligaments involved, so in a situation like this - and maybe not for Crystal Palace - but for the player it’s the best thing he could get. I think he is out for a few weeks, but that is something that will be good at the end, but at the end of the season each injury is a big blow because there is not a lot of time to recover."
Apr 29 - 10:58 AM

Crystal Palace's 1-0 defeat by Tottenham proved costly as influential defender Mamadou Sakho was forced off midway through the second half.

The Eagles started off creating the better chances as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend threatened on the flanks, while Christian Benteke fired an early chance straight at Hugo Lloris. Palace, on the back of six wins in eight games, were able to shut down Spurs' deadly duo of Harry Kane and Dele Alli and appeared on their way to share of the points. But when Sakho was forced to depart on a stretcher in 57th-minute, the home side were forced on the back foot and Tottenham sense their chance. With just 12 minutes remaining, Christian Eriksen collected a pass from Kane 30 yards out and hammered a thunderbolt inside the far post by Wayne Hennessey. The result means Palace remain 12th, on 38 points, and sit seven points above the relegation zone.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 26 - 6:13 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel is expected to continue his January interest in Mamadou Sakho into the summer.

Sakho, 27, is currently on-loan and in-form at Crystal Palace after moving to the London outfit in January after being frozen out of the first team squad at parent club Liverpool by Jurgen Klopp. Southampton are thought to have enquired about the availability of the Frenchman in January but retracted their interest after Liverpool slapped a £20 million price tag on the centre-back. Southampton will be especially keen on Sakho's signature if they fail to retain the currently injured Virgil Van Dijk over the summer. He is much sought after by some of the biggest club in England and abroad so the Saints will have their work cut out to hold onto the Dutchman.
Mar 30 - 3:23 PM

Crystal Palace gathered the final piece of their busy transfer window with the signing of Mamadou Sakho.

While Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was looking for a permanent move, the defender joins on loan for the remainder of the season in a £2 million move. It has not been reported whether there is a clause in his contract to extend the loan into a permanent deal at the end of the season. The loan move represents a change of heart on the part of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has not played Sakho all season and said he would only leave in a permanent move.
Feb 1 - 6:24 AM

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.
Source: Mirror
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 07:13:00 AM

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
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 05:24:00 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
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 06:26:00 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.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 05:19:00 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
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 04:27:00 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
Sat, May 28, 2016 10:40:00 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.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 09:21:00 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.
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 12:54:00 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
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 09:42:00 AM