Liverpool halt defender search as Sakho returns to training

Date published: Monday 11th January 2016 4:53

Mamadou Sakho: Defender has missed last two Reds matches

Mamadou Sakho: Defender has missed last two Reds matches

Jurgen Klopp has paused his search for a new defender after Mamadou Sakho returned to Liverpool training, according to reports.

Sakho has been struggling with a knee injury following a hefty challenge from Jeremain Lens in Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Sunderland last month.

The France international started the following fixture at West Ham but has been forced to miss cup clashes against Stoke and Exeter.

With the Reds also without fellow centre-halves Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, Klopp was forced to start with Thiago Ilori and Jose Enrique in central defence at Exeter.

Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic has been heavily linked with a reunion with his former manager but, according to Goal, Klopp wants to monitor Sakho’s fitness before pressing ahead with a new signing.

The 25-year-old is back in training at Melwood and if the former PSG man comes through unscathed, Liverpool are likely to postpone their search for defensive reinforcements until the summer.

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