Liverpool boss leaves Sakho out of Europa League squad

Liverpool boss leaves Sakho out of Europa League squad [divider]

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has decided to leave Mamadou Sakho out of the Europa League Round of 32 squad that will face Beşiktaş in Istanbul.

Sakho was a doubt going into the tie but will now definitely not feature in the return-leg.

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The 25-year-old has started in the Reds last 16 matches and has established himself as a key player in Rodgers’s three-man defence.

Dejan Lovren could replace Sakho but he has only recently recovered from injury, Glen Johnson also could fill in for the powerful defender.

Rodgers could play a back-three comprising of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Lovren.

Emre Can who has been playing as a make shift defender could be moved into midfield as Rodgers will also be without Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool won the first leg at Anfield 1-0 and will now take on Beşiktaş in Istanbul at the Atatürk Olympic stadium.