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27th Sep 2016

French football legends slam Mamadou Sakho following Snapchat outburst

“What is he doing talking to his fans at three in the morning? With emojis and all that?"

Robert Redmond

It’s been a tough few months for Mamadou Sakho.

The Liverpool defender missed the end of last season after failing a drug test in March, the results of which were later overturned. Sakho also missed out on Euro 2016 in his native France, and has yet to play a single minute for Liverpool this season.

The defender was sent home from the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, while Liverpool signed Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan to play in Sakho’s position.

Sakho was encouraged to leave Liverpool on a short-term loan to regain fitness and form, but reportedly refused the offer and has since been told to train with the club’s U23 side.

However, the 26-year-old clearly isn’t happy with his situation at Anfield, and vented his frustrations via Snapchat ahead of Liverpool’s 5-1 win over Hull City.

The outburst didn’t go down well with Klopp or Sakho’s compatriots Christophe Dugarry and Emmanuel Petit.

The French World Cup winning pair hit out at Sakho’s actions.

“He doesn’t need to talk to his fans, he needs to talk to his coach,” Dugarry told SFR Sport.

“What is he doing talking to his fans at three in the morning? We don’t give a shit. We’re not at the circus. If you have a problem, go talk to your coach, find a solution, solve the problem. Why does he need to talk to his ‘fans?’ Ronaldo and Messi have fans, the others… you shouldn’t take yourself for what you aren’t.”


Petit reckons Sakho’s time at Liverpool could be over if he steps out of line again.

“I don’t get the impression Klopp is someone inflexible, that his door is closed,” the former Arsenal midfielder said.

“On the contrary, I get the impression he’s very close to his players. He showed that last year with his management, with his coaching. It’s a shame. I think it’s another outburst from him (Sakho), and it could be fatal.”

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