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Published: 09:00 | 28/7/16

Poor timekeeping behind Sakho return

Mamadou Sakho was sent home from Liverpool's pre-season tour of the United States because of his poor timekeeping, manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed.

Despite an Achilles injury ruling him out of the tour and the early stages of the Premier League season, Sakho travelled to the United States with the rest of the squad with Klopp eager to build team spirit ahead of the new campaign.

However, he returned to England on Tuesday with Liverpool refusing to comment on the reasons for his early departure from California.

It was reported that the defender had been sent home due to a bad attitude while in the United States and Klopp has confirmed that he took action because of Sakho's poor timekeeping.

"He missed the departure of the plane, he missed a session and then was late for a meal," Klopp told reporters.

"I have to build a group here, I have to start anew, so I thought it maybe made sense that he flew home to Liverpool and after eight days, when we come back, we can talk about it."

When asked if Sakho would be fined for being late, Klopp added: "I am not interested in the money of the players.

"Not often in my life have I had to fine anybody, because I want that we learn together to do the right thing.

"Always it is the same with every group. I don't like fining."

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