Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reminded his players about what he expects from them after the controversy over Mamadou Sakho’s rant on Snapchat.
As reported by The Sun, the French defender recently launched a 3am rant on social media aimed at criticising the club’s treatment of him, and unsurprisingly it didn’t reflect well on him.
With an already tense relationship with Klopp likely to have become more strained, the German tactician has left no uncertainty in terms of what he expects from his squad both on and off the pitch.
When asked about whether Sakho could still rescue his Liverpool career by ‘working hard and keeping quiet’, Klopp responded: “Those two things are not a rule for Mamadou Sakho. It is a rule for every player,” he told reporters, as noted by The Guardian.
“Work hard and do your best. The rest of this I spoke to the team about and I spoke to Mama and we spoke together and that’s it. From my side everything is done and now we can carry on. There is nothing else to say.”
Sakho has been training with the Under-23s side this week as opposed to joining his first team teammates, and so it remains to be seen whether or not there has been irreparable damage done to his relationship with the Liverpool boss.
The 26-year-old is expected to play for the U23s again on Sunday against Ipswich Town in the Premier League Cup, as per The Guardian, and so it will likely take time, commitment and hard work to get back into his manager’s good books and back into the senior squad.
The former Paris Saint-Germain star has yet to feature for Liverpool this season which will be a major disappointment for him having made 34 appearances in all competitions last season and seemingly establishing himself as a key part of Klopp’s plans.