Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke and Emre Can in the stands
Jürgen Klopp will have to wait until July to find out the outcome of Mamadou Sakho’s failed drug test saga, with his hearing set for next month, according to Sky Sports.
The French defender missed the end of the season with Liverpool after being suspended for 30 days by UEFA after testing positive for a fat-burning substance.
The news came to light in April after the positive sample emerged following Liverpool’s Europa League tie with rivals Manchester United.
Waiting game - Klopp
The hearing has been set for July however no exact date has been set as yet, causing more uncertainty for the Liverpool boss, who is conscious that the outcome of the hearing will determine whether he needs to invest in another centre-half for the new campaign.
Currently, Klopp only has three recognised centre-backs in his squad without Sakho, in the form of Lovren, new signing Joel Matip and youngster Joe Gomez.
Matip will join Liverpool at the end of the month
Gomez is only now returning to full fitness after a nine month outlay for a cruciate knee ligament injury, and the former Charlton Athletic defender had, up the point of his injury, been primarily used by Brendan Rodgers as a left back.
And with Kolo Touré set to be released from the club and Martin Skrtel linked with a move to Turkey, Klopp may be forced to dip into the transfer market again should Sakho face further difficulty over his failed drugs test.
The German coach will however take confidence from the fact that Sakho did not have his original suspension extended after it had lapsed, with UEFA instead opting to investigate whether Sakho’s troublesome substance should be worthy of a ban at all.
Sakho missed the Europa League final
The fallout from the drugs test has already had a big impact on Sakho, who had to miss Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla, as well as scuppering his hopes of making it into the French squad for Euro 2016.
France have qualified from Group A at the tournament as group winners, with Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny currently Deschamps’ preferred centre-half pairing.