Few things can sour the feeling or ‘Kloppmania’ within the ranks of our Liverpool supporting punters right now, though an article on BBC Sport stating that defender Mamadou Sakho has been suspended for 30 days has gone some way into doing exactly that.
After an inconsistent start to life as a Red, the Frenchman was slowly emerging as a top defender in recent months and played a starring role in their sensational wins over Borussia Dortmund and Everton.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain star is believed to have tested positive for a fat burner following the club’s 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Manchester United in March.
He was left out of the squad that drew with Newcastle over the weekend, though has now received an official suspension from the continent’s governing body.
That means he will miss the end of the Premier League campaign, as well as the Europa League final should the Anfield giants navigate their way past Villarreal over two legs.
‘Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on March 17’, read a statement on their official website (sourced from the Daily Mail.)
‘The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.’
What next for the Frenchman? Can Liverpool do without him?