Should We Be Concerned About Mamadou Sakho? – The Liverpool Offside
The worst fears of Anfield’s faithful have been confirmed: Mamadou Sakho was in fact kicked off the preseason tour and sent home by Jurgen Klopp himself, and not, as was initially claimed, under the doctor’s orders.
However, the fault certainly lies with Sakho here. As one of the only natural leaders in the squad, this incident, as well as holding up the team plane to California with his tardiness as Klopp alluded to in the video, and whatever else the 26-year old may have done to merit his dismissal, is unbefitting of a player who many, including some of us here at TLO, have tipped to challenge for the captain’s armband in the not-too-distant future.
For one, Klopp, like all great managers, is a very complex person. The charismatic German can go from lovable, hug-dispensing teddy bear in one moment to feral, very real bear in the next. Most importantly, however, his hyper-rational philosophy towards life and football make him a very strong willed person, unafraid to go toe-to-toe with any challenger of his rightful domain.
Meanwhile Sakho, as captain of one the biggest clubs in the world in Paris Saint-Germain at the tender age of 17, can reasonably be assumed himself to also be accustomed to throwing his weight around and having people make way.