Klopp side­steps Sakho storm af­ter win

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JURGEN KLOPP would not al­low con­tro­ver­sial com­ments from de­fender Ma­madou Sakho to take the gloss of a “bril­liant” first-half per­for­mance from his Liver­pool side as they beat Hull City 5-1 at An­field.

Sakho said in a so­cial me­dia post­ing on Satur­day that sug­ges­tions that he was not fit to play were a “lie”.

Sakho – who was sent home from Liver­pool’s pre-sea­son tour of the United States for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons – is yet to play for the Reds this sea­son and re­jected the chance to move on loan be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closed.

Liver­pool man­ager Klopp said ear­lier this month that the France in­ter­na­tional did not need to re­gain his trust but that Sakho needed to build up his fit­ness af­ter not play­ing since April fol­low­ing a sus­pen­sion for a failed drugs tests – 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.

The Ger­man added: “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 makes sense to think about some­thing and then you give the right an­swer. It is not pos­i­tive, I would say.

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

Ma­madou Sakho

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