Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is facing a lengthy suspension from the game of football after the Frenchman decided not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test, according to the BBC.
The 26-year-old tested positive for a banned substance, which was reported to be a fat burning supplement, following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in March. He was subsequently left out of the Reds’ squad for their encounter with Newcastle.
He had until Tuesday to request a test of his B sample, but opted not to.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad travel to Spain on Wednesday for their Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal on Thursday, without Sakho. However, that does not seem to be an issue as the Liverpool outcast has not been a positive influence since joining the Reds in the summer of 2013 from Paris Saint-Germain for £14.25 million.
Just check the following shocking stats by WhoScored on Sakho:
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) 27 april 2016
Meanwhile, it seems Liverpool are hitting their best form at just the right moment. Klopp’s influence finally seems to be in full effect at Anfield, which could provide the club with an Europea League triumph, according to ITV.
In 2016, the Reds scored 36 goals in just 15 league games, while converting 14 per cent of their chances. That’s an enormous improvement of their 22 goals and chance conversion of 7 per cent from August until December.
Liverpool have also improved from 16 to 18 shots per game, a shot accuracy of 45 per cent to one of 52 per cent, and scoring one goal per 78 minutes to one per 38 minutes.