Report: Mamadou Sakho sent home early from Liverpool's pre-season tour

Mamadou Sakho scores the second goal for Liverpool

Sakho's future looks to be in doubt after being sent home from the club's pre-season tour.

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been sent home from the club's tour of the United States, according to several reports, including one in the Daily Mail.

Sakho will have been unable to play in any of the games because of an Achilles injury and was booked on the same flight back to the UK as Brad Smith - who looks set to undergo a medical ahead of move to Bournemouth.

The Mail says Sakho being sent home early could now plunge his future at Anfield into doubt. The Frenchman, despite being injured, was taken across the Atlantic to build a rapport with the squad along with Lucas Leiva and Joe Gomez, who both will not play any part on the tour.

Mamadou Sakho celebrates with manager Juergen Klopp after scoring the second goal for Liverpool

Earlier on in the tour things seemed to be going relatively well as a video he filmed of the side visiting Alcatraz showed him and the rest of the side in good spirits. But questions seemed to have been raised about the Frenchman's attitude elsewhere and manager Jurgen Klopp is said to feel the player's influence on the rest of the squad is not needed.

The report goes on to say that no comment was offered by the club surrounding the 26-year-old's departure from the tour. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

After a nightmare end to the season for Sakho where he tested positive for a doping violation - missing the climax to the Reds Europa League campaign and France's Euro 2016 run as a consequence - this is one of the last things he will have wanted as he tries to get himself back in the side. 

However, whenever a player is sent home early from any kind of tour, questions start to be asked surrounding their future at the club. Sakho has become one of the more popular squad members among Liverpool fans, both for his eccentricity and the work he has done in his spare time off the field for charities both on Merseyside and abroad. 

It will be interesting to see what comes of this, if anything, but it is hard to think he would have been sent home if things were going smoothly. 

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho, Christian Benteke and Emre Can in the stands

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