Liverpool star facing drug ban


LIVERPOOL defender Mamadou Sakho’s Anfield future is in doubt after it was revealed he is being investigated over a failed drugs test.

The French centre-half, a key player in recent weeks, was left out of the team that drew 1-1 with Newcastle on Saturday and is being sidelined by the club.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said: “There’s nothing to say about missing Mamadou today. There’s a statement and that’s all we can say at the moment.”

The alleged offence relates to Liverpool’s Europa League second-leg tie at Manchester United last month, and is thought to concern a fat-burning substance.

Sakho, whose involvement with France at Euro 2016 this summer will now be in doubt, is expected to ask for his B sample to be tested.


Liverpool said in a statement: “The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed, the player will not be available for selection for matches.”

Sakho’s Liverpool team-mate Kolo Toure was banned for six months in 2011 for taking a fat-burning diet pill.


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