Jurgen Klopp has offered Mamadou Sakho some reassurances over his Liverpool future after the defender was sent home from the tour of the United States.
The centre-back was ordered to return to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury after being late on three separate occasions, which caused the Reds boss to question his attitude.
However, Klopp said the France international’s punishment would not be extended beyond his exile from the pre-season trip and there was no question of him being sold.
“Come on, it’s not (like that). Three times late, do you think I should (sell him)?” he said when asked what the future held for the 26-year-old.
“No, it’s an issue – it’s not the biggest thing, it’s not the smallest thing – it’s how football works.
“We have a few rules; a few from me, a few from the team.
“When you want a great team then you have to do some things – if you don’t do it then I have to react.
“I reacted – but nothing else. He missed three things he should not have missed, that is all, and that is why I sent him home.”
Klopp added on Sky Sports: “Mama is not a bad guy, he’s a good person.
“He’s not happy about the situation but it was my decision in this moment.
“You can believe I didn’t want to do things like this, I like to be a nice guy until I can’t be a nice guy any more.
“So he’s at home, we are here; we train here, he trains there. When we come to Liverpool again, then we’ll have a talk and we’ll see.”
A player who definitely does have a future with Liverpool is their 19-year-old winger Harry Wilson, Wales’ youngest player after making his debut aged 16, who has signed a new contract.
In terms of players coming into the club, Klopp is happy with the way the ‘democratic’ transfer policy is structured as he is used to working with a sporting director from his time at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund in his homeland, where such a model is commonplace.
Liverpool’s much-criticised transfer committee, a source of frustration for former boss Brendan Rodgers, has been re-evaluated and revamped since Klopp’s arrival with the 49-year-old having the final say on all deals.
“Improvement can come in all all parts of life and it’s based on experience,” he told ESPNFC.
“So I don’t think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that’s why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership.
“Hopefully it stays like this because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision.
“I don’t know how it works in other clubs but in this squad it’s not one player.
“It’s all about the situation in the club and the squad and it’s about money.
“We all have a budget – (that is) how it is and that’s how I like it and that’s how I’m used to working.
“When I put my thumb up – and I only can do this when the financial things are agreed – and the player joins us or leaves us, that’s how it is.”
Midfielder Marko Grujic has been ruled out of Saturday’s match against AC Milan after suffering concussion in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, Press Association Sport understands.
The Serbia international was taken to hospital in Pasedena complaining of memory loss after a clash of heads with Bertrand Traore and although a scan revealed no serious damage the 20-year-old, who is flying back with the team to their Palo Alto training base on Thursday, will not feature against the Italians.