Liverpool fans have today been shocked by the news that centre-back Mamadou Sakho is under investigation by UEFA after he failed a drugs tests.
The incident occurred following the Reds’ Europa League round of 16 second-leg clash with bitter rivals Manchester United.
The defender is not officially suspended by the club but a decision has been taken by the powers that be – and the player – that he will not be available for selection until the matter has been dealt with.
As more information becomes available on the incident, it is believed the banned element found in the French international’s sample was a fat-burning substance.
That is according to the Associated Press’ global football writer Rob Harris, who has been providing information on Sakho’s situation via Twitter.
His teammate Kolo Toure served a six-month ban in 2011 for a similar offence and the findings put the defender’s Euro 2016 chances in serious jeopardy.
If he is indeed suspended, Sakho will be a big loss for the Reds as they look to reach the Champions League via Europe’s secondary competition.
According to Harris, the 26-year-old is yet to request that his B sample be tested by European football’s governing body.
Liverpool welcome former manager Rafael Benitez to Anfield today as Newcastle United continue to battle against relegation.
Jurgen Klopp has made six changes to the side that dismantled local rivals Everton 4-0 at on Wednesday, and the most notable absence is Sakho.
The man who scored the second goal against the Toffees has been replaced in the starting XI by Kolo Toure.