Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho has withdrawn from international duty with France after suffering a knee injury Getty

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the loss of Mamadou Sakho will be a big blow to Liverpool after the defender limped off with a knee injury during the Reds' 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday (8 November). The defender has withdrawn from international duty with France due to the injury.

The Merseyside club were waiting for the scan results to learn the extent of the injury, but according to the Mirror, the defender faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Aldridge was delighted to see the defender try and make an effort to continue despite the injury, but eventually had to go off after being unable to continue.

The Anfield outfit are already facing a major injury crisis, with a number of long-term absentees. Joe Gomez and Danny Ings have been ruled out for the season after damaging cruciate ligaments, while Daniel Sturridge is still struggling to recover from a knee injury he picked up in training.

"If Mamadou Sakho is ruled out for a long period it would be a massive blow for Liverpool," Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo. "His recent form has been excellent and he's become a real fans' favourite. Let's hope the scan results on his knee bring some positive news after he limped off against Palace."

"What I thought was refreshing was the sight of Sakho trying to play on after he had treatment. The fans were singing his name and you could see how much he wanted to get back on the field for them. In the end he had to admit defeat and come off," the Anfield favourite added.

"Injuries have certainly hurt us this season. As well as Danny Ings and Joe Gomez doing their cruciate ligaments, Klopp hasn't even been able to call upon Jordan Henderson or Daniel Sturridge so far," Aldridge concluded.