Liverpool have confirmed French defender Mamadou Sakho will be out of action for about ‘six to eight weeks’ after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Sakho, 25, sustained the problem when he landed awkwardly after challenging for a header with Yannick Bolasie in the first-half, before falling down clutching his right knee.

After some treatment on the pitch he tried to run off the problem but two minutes later had to be replaced by Dejan Lovren and left the stadium on crutches.

He has now been ruled out of France’s upcoming friendlies against Germany and England as a result of the injury, the French Football Federation have confirmed.

Sakho saw a specialist on Monday and underwent a scan and Liverpool are confident that he has not suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament.

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