Shaka Hislop feels Mamadou Sakho will stay at Liverpool

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Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho has had a rough time of it.

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Shaka Hislop has admitted to ESPN that he feels sorry for Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, but does not believe the centre-back will leave Anfield this summer.

The France international has had a torrid few months on a personal level after a drugs ban saw him miss the end of last season - including a Europa League final - and then Euro 2016, where les Bleus reached the final on home soil.

The 26-year-old tested positive for a fat-burning product which was listed among UEFA's list of banned substances, but Europe's governing body was later found to be innocent of any wrongdoing after the matter was investigated.

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands

But Sakho's future at Liverpool has now been questioned after manager Jurgen Klopp sent him home from the club's pre-season trip of the United States.

It remains to be seen exactly why the former Paris Saint-Germain man was exiled back to Liverpool but it has prompted speculation over his future nevertheless.

That being said, Hislop, who formerly played for Newcastle United and West Ham, admits he sympathises with Sakho, but does not believe he will end up leaving the Merseyside club.

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho celebrates with Jordon Ibe at the end of the match

"I do sympathise with the summer he's had," Hislop told ESPN. "He missed the end of last season and the Euros because of that drugs ban, and now he's had an unsettled start to pre-season.

"I think if he gets his head in order then I don't think he goes anywhere."

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