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Liverpool reject Southampton loan bid for Sakho

Sakho will only leave Liverpool on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected a loan bid from Southampton for out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho. Reports say the Saints' offer was instantly dismissed as the Reds will only consider permanently offloading the France international.

The centre-back is no longer considered part of the first-team squad after being sent home from the club's pre-season training camp in California as manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his attitude.

Sakho trained with and played for the club's under-23 side for the first half of the season but since the transfer window opened he has not featured as the club want to minimise the chances of him getting injured and jeopardising a move.

The player rejected loan switches to West Brom and Stoke in August despite being told he needed to leave to re-establish his reputation, and in the intervening period the club's stance has shifted to the point where they now want him off the books.

However, they will only consider a permanent deal in the region of £20million for the 26-year-old.

Southampton are looking to strengthen in central defence after captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request earlier this month.

Sevilla, Swansea and Crystal Palace were also believed to be looking at the player but none have followed up their initial interest.

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Henderson doubt for Liverpool

Jordan Henderson during their win against Manchester City. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt to face his former club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The midfielder was forced off midway through the second half of Saturday's win over Manchester City with a heel problem, although it is not the same issue which has troubled the England international for the last 12 months.

Options for manager Jurgen Klopp include returning Adam Lallana to a deeper role and restoring Divock Origi to the starting line-up, or bringing in Lucas Leiva as the deep-lying midfielder.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Origi, Firmino, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Lucas, Stewart, Ejaria, Sturridge, Woodburn, Ojo.

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