Mamadou Sakho will not rejoin Liverpool after his loan spell at Crystal Palace concludes at the end of the current campaign. The Reds are looking to offload the French defender on a permanent basis in the summer.
Sakho fell out-of-favour after breaching the club's disciplinary rules during Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States and was forced to train with the reserves during the first-half of the season. Injuries also played their part, but it was his earlier breach that saw Jurgen Klopp overlook him even when he returned to full fitness.
The France international was allowed to join Palace on loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window. He has since impressed at Selhurst Park and has played a key role in helping Sam Allardyce's side move away from the threat of relegation. The Eagles have won five out of their last seven games that Sakho has played in, including wins over Premier League leaders Chelsea and top-four contenders Arsenal.
According to Sky Sports, however, there will be no reprieve for the defender in terms of resurrecting his career at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp keen to see the back of him this summer. The Merseyside club value him at around £30m and are hopeful that his impressive performances in recent weeks will help them make a profit on the defender they signed from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.
Meanwhile, Sakho has opened up about the impact the drug ban had on him at the end of last season. Uefa cleared the Frenchman of any wrongdoing in the summer last year, but have now owned up to their mistake and confirmed that the defender was wrongly accused of failing a drug test.
The 27-year-old missed key clashes for Liverpool in the latter stages of the season, including the Europa League final, which the Reds lost to Sevilla. But more than his club commitments, Sakho lost his chance to represent his country at the European Championships which were held in his homeland.
"I worked so hard to prepare myself for the European Championship, to help my country, to wear the France shirt in a tournament on home soil," Sakho told the Guardian. "Now I'll never do that. Whatever they say or do, they cannot replace what they took away from me. My lawyer can see what happens next but, for me, I focus on other things. I have learned in life you should never look back over your shoulder, wondering what might have been. That is the past. Always look forward, at the next challenge."