Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has reportedly been told he must accept a loan move before the transfer deadline in order to save his Anfield career. The out-of-favour Frenchman has been urged to agree a temporary move elsewhere in order to boost his form and fitness before returning to Merseyside.

In the short term, the 26-year-old star's only route back into the Liverpool first team would be if Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan suffered injuries. And as Liverpool have not qualified for Europe this season, there is even less scope for Sakho to get any game time.

In spite of that prospect, Sakho has rejected several opportunities to move on, including one from Stoke City, and he has shown no ambition to leave the club on loan, according to the Daily Telegraph. The transfer window closes on Wednesday (31 August), but Liverpool are not expecting him to accept a move elsewhere.

Sakho's situation at Liverpool is clouded by the fact the Anfield club were preparing for life without him after he failed a drugs test in last year's Europa League. But Sakho has since been exonerated for taking a slimming pill and is now free to play this season for Liverpool or another club.