Liverpool defender closing in on new five-year deal at Anfield

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is close to agreeing a new five-year deal at Anfield, according to the Daily Express, despite only making his first appearance of the season this week.

The France international’s current deal runs out in 2017 (via Express), but this extension could see him remain with the club until 2020.

The 25-year-old was linked with a move away from Merseyside this summer, but the Reds rejected loan bids from both Roma and Bayer Leverkusen (via Express).

Despite the interest in Sakho from the two Champions League sides, Brendan Rodgers decided to use Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren at the heart of his back four.

While Skrtel’s inclusion was understandable given how he has been a consistently solid player during his time in England, the decision to pick Lovren was questionable, even before he endured a shocking afternoon against West Ham.

Sakho was finally given his chance against Bordeaux in the club’s opening Europa League game of the campaign, and certainly staked a claim to start again this weekend against Norwich.

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