Mamadou Sakho has been an instant hit at the heart of Crystal Palace’s defence and whilst the central defender may only be on loan from Liverpool as things stand, there is every chance of us being allowed to make the move permanent in the summer if we do manage to avoid the drop.
You could be forgiven for wondering why Jurgen Klopp isn’t desperate to bring the Frenchman back to Merseyside immediately, following a pair of stellar performances in red and blue but as the above feature explains with far greater subtlety than I ever could, the circumstances which led Palace towards landing a defender of Sakho’s class in the first place, look likely to ensure that he is available on a permanent basis when the season does eventually draw to a close.
In truth, the remarkably strained relationship Sakho now has with Klopp appears to stem almost exclusively from off-field issues with the German. For those of you who are not that well versed in the internal politics of life at Anfield over the last year, the above feature is sure to make for an engrossing read, painting both men as larger than life characters on an explosive collision course with one another.
You would be foolish to assume that Sakho presents a risk-free long-term option to Crystal Palace, given his colourful past, high wage demands and flamboyant character but as a footballer, no one can deny that he is supremely talented. Taking all of the relevant pros and cons into account, it seems almost inconceivable to suggest that the club’s board wouldn’t jump at the chance to tie the big man down for the long haul if we do manage to retain our Premier League status, regardless of the leap of faith required to pull the trigger on a transfer.
For those of us outside the Liverpool bubble, any talk of convincing the Reds to let him go forever seemed a tad far-fetched a day or so ago but having read the piece attached at the top of the page, I’m suddenly feeling remarkably optimistic about our chances.
My fingers and toes are all firmly crossed.
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