Mamadou Sakho has become Liverpool’s forgotten man in the space of just a few months.
The France international had finally nailed down a place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI by the end of last seasons, before his failed drugs test – which he was later cleared for – saw his name virtually disappear from the Reds’ boss’ plans.
After a falling out with Klopp in pre-season, he has spent the early months of this campaign trying to prove his fitness in a bid to resurrect his career.
However, it looks more and more likely that any revival is going to have to take place away from Anfield.
The Mirror report that the centre-back has accepted he no longer has a future at the club, with Lille reportedly interested in a January deal.
While Sakho is currently on £100,000 a week, he may have to take a pay cut to make a move happen, or else Liverpool may have to subsidise a loan.
Of course, this will only go ahead if the player himself will agree to it, as he already turned down a switch to Stoke on Deadline Day.
The 26-year-old last pulled on a red jersey in April in the 4-0 win over Everton. His fall from grace in such a short space of time is nothing short of remarkable, but Klopp has at least made sure his squad has been prepared for it, and Joel Matip has proved an able replacement.