Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has not given up on rekindling his Liverpool career and says he would be ''happy'' to wear the red jersey once again. The Frenchman is currently on loan at Selhurst Park and is proving vital in Palace's bid for survival, but he still has designs of plying his trade at Anfield.
Liverpool seem happy to be rid of the former Paris Saint-Germain captain and have slapped a £30m price tag on him as they prepare for summer offers, but Sakho, who joined the Reds in the summer of 2013, does not want his time with the Merseysiders to come to an end completely.
"I still have a contract for three more years. If I were to wear the Liverpool jersey again, I would be happy to do so," Sakho told Telefoot, relayed by The Liverpool Echo.
Sakho was an important figure during the early stages of Klopp's reign at Liverpool but provoked the ire of the former Borussia Dortmund boss when he breached disciplinary rules during the club's pre-season tour of America.
The last 12 months have been rather turbulent for the 27-year-old – he missed the Europa League final and Euro 2016 in his homeland after testing positive for a banned substance called Higenamine, though UEFA later dismissed the case against him – but the Crystal Palace defender is keen to put his troubles behind him and change the mind of Klopp, who was not impressed by his conduct last summer.
"I was late for training, something that happens everywhere," added Sakho. "I paid a fine and I do not know what else I can do. It is up to the boss. He makes the decisions and I can only accept that. And we will see what happens if my future is elsewhere."
Sakho may hope to fight for his place at Anfield this summer but his immediate focus is on Crystal Palace's clash against Arsenal on Monday night (10 April). Despite their recent good form, Palace lie just three points above the relegation zone and still have to face the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City between now and the end of the season.