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Liverpool defender won't challenge drug test results

Sakho is unlikely to play again this season. Credit: PA

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has decided not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test.

The France international opted not to request his B sample be tested ahead of Tuesday's deadline after his initial test revealed traces of a fat-burning substance.

The France international was left out of Saturday's draw with Newcastle after it emerged UEFA has flagged up an apparent anti-doping violation relating to a banned substance as a result of a test following the Europa League tie at Manchester United last month.

Liverpool have refused to comment on Sakho's situation as allegations relate to the player only and they are unlikely to change this stance until the defender and UEFA have resolved the matter.

Sakho was not on the team's flight on Wednesday lunchtime for their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as it is understood the club and the player have jointly agreed he will remain unavailable for selection during this process.

Liverpool set to find out exactly how much Ings cost

Ings's fee is set to be decided this week. Credit: PA

Liverpool could this week finally discover how much compensation they are due to pay Burnley for England international Danny Ings.

The 23-year-old striker moved to Anfield from Turf Moor at the expiration of his contract last summer but, because of his age, the Clarets are due a fee for a player who spent four years with them and who scored 11 goals in their top-flight campaign last term.

Although Ings signed for the Reds in June, the two north-west clubs have been unable to reach a compromise on his valuation in the 10 months since so the chief executives from both clubs, Liverpool's Ian Ayre and Burnley's Dave Baldwin, will meet with a independent board for a tribunal in Manchester on Tuesday to determine his worth.

The Clarets are hoping for a figure greater than the £6.5million Chelsea were made to cough up to bring Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City in 2009, which remains a record for a fee decided at a tribunal.

Speaking recently at a fans' forum about Ings' situation, Baldwin said: "The reason it is different to the ordinary is this tribunal claim will be the biggest in history. The key to this was that we bring the claim against Liverpool, therefore we had to prepare an extremely robust case.

"You're talking a documentation bundle of probably in excess of 400 or 500 pages with witness statements, evidence, analytics about player performance, the statement as to why we make a judgement as to what we believe the player is worth, compared to what Liverpool want to offer."


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Liverpool positive over 'serious' Origi injury

Divock Origi was stretchered off against Everton. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is remaining hopeful that Divock Origi could play again this season despite suffering a "serious" injury.

The Belgian was stretchered off on Wednesday night after being fouled by Ramiro Funes Mori, causing damage to the striker's ankle.

It is serious, but we will try everything. The season is not over, without taking any risk for the player.

I am long enough in this to know we are all different, all individuals.

A long time ago I had an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament injury) and I played after four months. No-one could believe it worked, but I never had a problem.

Why should we say now the season is over when we still believe there can be a few games?

– Jurgen Klopp
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