Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle: Jurgen Klopp comments on Mamadou Sakho situation

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Liverpool drew 2-2 with Newcastle today, with Mamadou Sakho absent.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been quoted by Football 365 as saying that he was aware of Mamadou Sakho's absence on Friday.

The Reds went into today's game against Newcastle on the back of three straight Premier League wins, and were widely expected to pick up another victory against the relegation-threatened Magpies.

When Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for Liverpool inside 70 seconds, it looked like Klopp would be tasting victory again, and it got even better when Adam Lallana made it 2-0 before half time.

However, Newcastle rallied after the break, as goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback rescued a point for Rafael Benitez on his return to Anfield.

It was frustrating for Liverpool to throw away their 2-0 lead, but much of the talk before and after the game surrounded the situation of centre back Mamadou Sakho.

Liverpool released a statement earlier today announcing that defender Sakho has violated an anti-doping rule, and has subsequently been suspended by the club as UEFA investigate.

Many wondered whether Sakho's absence was partly to blame for the second half collapse, but Klopp suggested that wasn't the case.

As quoted by Football 365, Klopp suggested that Liverpool will know more about the situation next week, and he has yet to speak to the Frenchman since finding out about the situation on Friday.

"I could, but I think you know already," said Klopp when asked if he could explain Sakho's absence. "I don’t know much. I knew since yesterday but haven’t had the chance to speak to Sakho. Today was not about missing Mama. We’ll know more next week. We have made a statement and that’s all we can say at this moment and want to say," he added.

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