Report: Mamadou Sakho delays Liverpool contract talks over first team frustration

Mamadou Sakho

The club are keen to sign him to a new deal, but the Frenchman is reluctant as he continues to sit on the bench.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has delayed talks regarding a new contract due his frustrations at a lack of first-team football, reports the Daily Mail.

The French defender has so far failed to start any of the Reds’ five Premier League games this season, with Dejan Lovren being preferred alongside Martin Skrtel at the heart of the back four.

The club are keen to sign Sakho to a new deal, though, and are reportedly willing to offer as much as £95,0000 per-week, but the player has decided to assess his options before committing to fresh terms, according to the Daily Mail.

Sakho wise to consider his options

Given his current position in the Liverpool squad, Sakho is wise to consider his options before agreeing a new deal at Anfield.

It will have been a shock for him to find himself on the bench this season, with Lovren’s struggles last season well documented as he received criticism from all angles for his disappointing displays.

A run in the side could be in the pipeline, though, given that he was named captain for the Reds' Europa League game against Bordeaux on Thursday evening.

And although £95,000 per-week is a big offer, he could demand more if he ends up being a first team regular this season.

If not, he is more than capable of negotiating a move away, with a number of clubs sure to be interested, as Bayer Leverkusen and Roma were in the summer transfer window - according to Sky Sports.

Either way, Sakho is wise to hold off until he is sure of his standing in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

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