The defender has been suspended by the club pending a doping investigation.
The defender has been cited for taking a fat burner substance that is on UEFA’s banned substance list.
He has not been suspended by UEFA, and is still eligible to play for the club, but the Reds have decided they will not make him available for selection while the investigation us underway.
It is believed that the player tested positive for the substance following the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Europa League last month.
The news will come as a huge blow after the Frenchman has impressed in the heart of the defence in recent weeks and Liverpool fans have shared their views on Twitter following the news.
God is definitely not a fan of Liverpool Football Club. Henderson, Can and Origi injured and now this Sakho ban. We can't catch a break.— Anfield Observer (@AnfieldObserver) April 23, 2016
Never a dull moment being a Liverpool fan, one minute you're on a massive high the next minute you're in the depths u have to keep going tho— Col Wilson JFT96 (@DejLovrenIsBoss) April 23, 2016
Things are never just "normal" at Liverpool football club! Can, Origi, Hendo & Sakho all missing and we have some huge games coming up! Sigh— SAM WALKER (@OneSamWalker) April 23, 2016
Liverpool have banned him not uefa but I reckon it's the right thing to do, his test was failed in Europa league, needs sacking if his fault— Mike Hassey (@MikeHassey_LFC) April 23, 2016
In the space of 2 weeks we've beaten Dortmund and Everton and lost Origi, Can, Henderson and Sakho. Liverpool Football Club.— Ahmed (@ClockMerchant) April 23, 2016
Liverpool have an opportunity here to show that there is a zero tolerance policy of drug cheats especially when its probable players from— Tony McCole (@tonymccole) April 23, 2016
Liverpool Football Club. Cursed.— Dan Barnes (@DanBarnes8) April 23, 2016
It will now be interesting to see how the Reds deal with Sakho’s absence during his suspension.
He has been highly impressive alongside Dejan Lovren as the Reds have shone in recent weeks, with it looking like they had finally solved their defensive issues as a result.
Who comes in to replace him will be interesting, with it potentially being the chance for Martin Skrtel to earn his place once again.