Jurgen Klopp has revealed he ordered Mamadou Sakho home for breaking club rules three times.
Speaking for the first time about the incident, Klopp confirmed the Frenchman displayed a lack of respect and was left with no option but to fly him back to England.
“He nearly missed the departure of Liverpool [on the plane from Liverpool to San Francisco], he missed a treatment session and was late for a team meal,” said Klopp.“I have to build a group here and we’ve got to start new here. I thought it maybe made sense for him to fly home to Liverpool.We have some rules and we have to respect them – if somebody gives me the feeling they are not respecting it I have to react. After eight or ten days we can talk about it. We had no argument but I spoke – you cannot argue when only one person is speaking.”
Klopp refused to confirm whether he had fined Sakho but he will meet with the 26-year-old next week when the squad return from their tour of America.Klopp added: “Fine him? You can ask, and I can explain it in general. I am not interested in the money of the players, actually not really often in my life I have had to fine anybody because I want that we learn together to do the thing that is right.
“Always it is the same with every group. I don’t like fining. Sometimes it’s funny, when the fine is bulls***. Come on, pay for it, that’s nice. But mistakes, fining never helps.It’s not because they care about money, it’s always ‘yeah in the moment it hurts but after a while not’. So I want them to do the things because they want to do it, that’s all.”