Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been made an unwanted figure at Anfield and has finally decided that the time is right to move away from Merseyside. French club Lille are interested in signing the Liverpool outcast

French centre-back Mamadou Sakho has admitted that it will be a wise move to leave Liverpool if he is to secure regular first team football. The 26-year-old is not in the good books of manager Jurgen Klopp, and it will be in the best interest of both parties if the defender decides to leave the Reds.

According to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror, French club Lille are looking to offer the wantaway Liverpool defender an exit route in January to bring his career back on the right track.

However, due to their financial constraints, it may be difficult to match Sakho’s £100,000 per-week wage rate. Thus, it would mean that the French defender will have to take a drop in wages if he is to clock regular playing minutes.

Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho says a prayer before kick off of the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. (Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s French defender Mamadou Sakho says a prayer before kick off of the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. (Photo Courtesy: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

At a tender age of 17, Sakho was named as the captain of Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain. After six illustrious years at the Parc des Princes, he was lured into a move to Anfield by then boss Brendan Rodgers.

Things got off to a decent start for the French centre-back who quickly became one of the manager’s first names on the team sheet. But, post the sacking of the Northern Irishman, Sakho has failed to win over the support of successor Jurgen Klopp.

Much of that has been due to the defender’s antics off the field. It all began when he was handed a 30-day suspension by UEFA on account of a failed drug test. However, a month later, he was cleared of all charges, but failed to make it into Didier Deschamps’ 23-man Euro 2016 squad.

He was later sent back home from Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States. According to the Liverpool boss, the defender delayed the team’s departure from England, missed a training session and failed to show up for a team dinner. A couple of months later, Sakho went on a social media rant which saw fans calling for the end of his Liverpool career.