Liverpool are ​reportedly prepared to keep hold of out-of-favour defender, Mamadou Sakho, if they do not receive a bid that meets their valuation of around £20m. 


Sakho was a fan favourite for the Reds, but has not featured since his off-field issues began back in April, causing him to miss the Europa League final as well as the 2016 European Championship. 

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The defender is currently being courted by Sevilla and Galatasaray with both clubs expected to make bids in the near future, while Premier League West Brom and Stoke, who both failed with loan bids in the summer, are also linked but haven't yet indicated a willingness to make a permanent offer.


More recently, Southampton have come into the running for the centre back, with Jose Fonte trying to leave the club, and the Saints could be the most likely destination for the Frenchman who has stated that he does not want to leave England. 


Whilst he may be able to remain in the country to continue his career, his days of playing his football in the 'Liverpool country' appear to be over... 

Despite signing a long-term deal in 2015, Sakho has not played a game for Jurgen Klopp's side since April when he received an initial 30-day ban from UEFA for failing a drugs test. 


The ban caused him to miss crucial Europa League games for the club after scoring in their dramatic quarter-final win over Klopp's former side, Borussia Dortmund.


Sakho received no further punishment after being cleared of breaching UEFA rules but wasn't selected for international duty and went on to cause more problems for himself in the summer.

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The 26-year-old annoyed Klopp by arriving late for a flight to America, with the Reds scheduled to take part in a pre-season tour, and followed it up by messing around in training and interrupting interviews. 


Despite no real issues with his defensive performances, all of these off-field problems have caused the German to lose patience with Sakho, leading to an inevitable departure if someone can stump up the money for the problematic defender.