PICTURE: Current Liverpool man in the stands for clash between Serie A giants

Liverpool loanee Aly Cissokho looked to be making some new friends up in the stands at the San Paolo on Sunday.

The Liverpool loan capture has endured a rather trying spell at Anfield despite the side’s success this term, confined mainly to plugging gaps left by laid-up team-mates.

After arriving on loan from Valencia in late August, the Frenchman got off to a rather inauspicious start to life on Merseyside, picking up an injury of his own that would rule him out for six weeks.

The long-term loss of Jose Enrique afforded Cissokho the chance to stake his claim as a regular, but the rise of youngster Jon Flanagan, and a recent return to fitness for Glen Johnson, have seen him usurped in the starting XI.

And ESPN have now maintained that the Reds will send the 26-year-old back to his parent club come season’s end, an unconvinced Brendan Rodgers seemingly keen to pursue other alternatives.

However, even before Monday’s reports outlined Liverpool’s lack of interest in taking the left-back on permanently this summer, Cissokho was spotted taking in Napoli’s 1-0 win over Roma at the weekend.

The defender - linked with a switch to the San Paolo in the summer of 2012 - sat amongsthe Partenopei’s notoriously vociferous home supporters and was recognised by those around him.

He looked a popular enough figure with the Napoli faithful, posing for several pictures with the enthused Neapolitans - believably bringing about speculation that southern Italy could be his next destination.

It seems that on some level Cissokho has admiration for the club most known as the beloved of one Diego Armando Maradona, though whether owner Aurelio De Laurentiis harbours the same feelings in return is unknown.

Napoli signed promising left-back Faouzi Ghoulam in January, while Juan Zuniga only renewed his contract in October, so space at the inn for the ex-Lyon man looks limited.

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