Sakho can wait

> Klopp side­steps French­man’s Liver­pool storm af­ter Hull win <

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sub­se­quently over­turned by UEFA – and an in­jury sus­tained in pre­sea­son.

But Sakho dis­puted those claims and said he had com­pleted his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work.

“I ac­cept my sit­u­a­tion but I can’t ac­cept the lie – the fans de­serve to know the truth,” the for­mer Paris Saint-Ger­main de­fender, 29, said on Snapchat.

“Now it’s three weeks since I am fit to play games. I fin­ish all my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work.”

Klopp was asked about Sakho’s com­ments af­ter Liver­pool had won for a third suc­ces­sive Pre­mier League game but said this was not the time to make a re­sponse.

“On a match day I’m in com­pletely the wrong mood to think about things like this. It’s not the right mo­ment to speak about it... It is not pos­i­tive, I would say,” the Ger­man said.

“I will ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion when I think is the right mo­ment. I haven’t de­cided when that is but it’s not Christ­mas.”

Klopp had no other prob­lems to con­tend with as he saw his side sweep aside a Hull side re­duced to 10 men af­ter half an hour when de­fender Ahmed El­mo­hamady was sent off for han­dling the ball on the line and con­ced­ing a penalty which gave Liver­pool a 2-0 lead.

They were 3-0 up at the break and Klopp said: “The first half was bril­liant. That was how foot­ball should be if you are able to do it.

“The sec­ond half was not as ex­cit­ing, still good, but not at 100% of con­cen­tra­tion.”

The re­sult means Hull have now lost three of their last four League games but act­ing man­ager Mike Phe­lan was not pre­pared to crit­i­cise his team in the mid­dle of a test­ing run which con­tin­ues with a home game against Chelsea this week­end.

“I am not go­ing to pick holes in the team or the play­ers,” said Phe­lan. “They have come a long way from pre-sea­son and they have got points on the board al­ready.

“We also knew we had a run of three games – Arse­nal, Liver­pool, Chelsea – which are al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult but we have to show some kind of dis­ci­pline and de­sire.

“Liver­pool are fly­ing. You can see their men­tal­ity is good. Their work rate is up there with the best. They are look­ing a very, very good team that has gelled to­gether.”

Phe­lan in­sisted he still wanted to be­come Hull man­ager on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

“I have an of­fer to be­come man­ager,” he said. “It is down to the cur­rent own­ers. I am ready and will­ing. They have stressed they want me for the chal­lenge.

“It is just wait­ing for that mo­ment where they put that piece of pa­per in front of me and I will do what I have to do.” – AFP

Liver­pool’s James Mil­ner scores their fifth goal from the penalty spot dur­ing Satur­day’s EPL match against Hull City at An­field. – REUTERSPIX

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