Liverpool are considering whether to take legal action in the wake of UEFA publishing their detailed findings over the Mamadou Sakho drugs row.
The Reds declined to comment publicly but the ECHO understands that Anfield officials are seeking advice and looking at their options.
The prospect of pursuing damages hasn't been ruled out given the sizeable impact Sakho's absence had in the closing stages of last season.
Having been told in April 2016 that he had failed a drugs test, Sakho served an initial 30-day ban which meant he missed the final eight matches of the 2015/16 campaign. That included sitting out the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel where defeat wrecked Liverpool's hopes of Champions League qualification. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc
Last July UEFA dismissed the case against the defender and this week they pinned the blame for the debacle on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The governing body say that the presence of higenamine in his sample should never have been flagged up as a positive result. It wasn't on the banned list and was not even tested for at most WADA laboratories.
"My lawyer can see what happens next but, for me, I focus on other things," Sakho told the Guardian. Liverpool themselves could also pursue a separate legal claim.
Whatever happens, Sakho won't play for Liverpool again. His relationship with Jurgen Klopp broke down last summer after he was sent home from the pre-season tour of America due to breaches of club discipline.
Sakho has got his career back on track since joining Crystal Palace on loan at the end of the January transfer window and the Reds will demand a fee of around £30million for him this summer.
Palace want to keep him permanently but the 27-year-old has also attracted interest from the likes of Roma, Sevilla and Southampton. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc