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26 Apr 2017

Disaster for Klopp: 'Exceptional' £30m Liverpool misfit suffers 'nasty' knee injury. Season over now?

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Liverpool injury crisis continues, and this time, it's one of the club's on-loan players who faces an early end to the campaign.

Reds outcast Mamadou Sakho is in superb form for Crystal Palace, and according to Eagles boss Sam Allardyce, Sakho has been a 'key figure' in Palace's 'dramatic recovery' over the last few months.

Well, unfortunately for Palace, Sakho appears to have sustained a major injury during Palace's 1-0 defeat to Spurs tonight. The 'exceptional' defender was stretchered whilst the game was still at 0-0, and according to the BBC's live commentary:

"This looks very nasty for Mamadou Sakho. It was a nasty twist of the knee. One of those where the studs are planted in the turf and the weight of the player wrenches it around. Not pretty at all".

This sounds very similar to the injury recently sustained by Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he is now out for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament injury. The same fate probably awaits Sakho, who suffered two separate knee injuries during his time at Anfield.

The question is, what happens now? If Sakho has a long-term ACL injury, it could put the stoppers on any potential permanent deal this summer, and/or lower his value in the transfer market. This will obviously be a huge blow for Jurgen Klopp, who is desperate to offload Sakho this summer.

A serious injury may give interested a clubs the upper hand when it comes negotiating a fee; Liverpool are reportedly demanding £30m, but it seems unlikely that any club will pay that for a defender carrying a serious injury.

What is it with Liverpool defenders - whether they're at Anfield, or on loan, they just can't stay fit. This is a terrible blow for Sakho, who's been proving Klopp wrong over the last few months.

On a different note: the race for a Champions League place is getting tighter by the day , and by the time Liverpool play Watford on Monday, the Reds could be out of the top four.

Hailed by Gary Lineker as an 'exceptional defender'.



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