Jurgen Klopp was right to send Mamadou Sakho home from Liverpool’s tour – and this is why – Jim Boardman – Mirror Online
The German manager has banished the France international from the Reds’ US tour, demonstrating just who is in charge
Was that a sensible path for Klopp to go down? Should Klopp be treating a fans favourite like this?
The answer is yes, of course he should, if he feels it appropriate.
Sakho might not be a little terror but he probably is extremely bored. He’s not played since April and, regardless of the fall-out from his expulsion back to Melwood, he knows he won’t be playing for a while.
Klopp doesn’t mess about and has the players up earlier for training than they were before he arrived, they work far harder on the pitch than under his predecessor. He gets every single ounce of use he can out of his players.
Players should be under no illusions about when it is time to relax and when it is time to get serious. No matter how much a pre-season trip to warmer climes might feel like a holiday Klopp will certainly not be thinking of it as one. The trip to Alcatraz wasn’t for fun, it was for a bit of PR and publicity, a duty that comes with playing for a huge club like Liverpool FC.
We can only speculate on the reasons, whether it was one prank too far or something far more serious, but we all know that Klopp would not do something like this lightly. He’s been sent to his room without any tea and needs to go away and think about it.