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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

WADA will not contest UEFA's Mamadou Sakho drug ban verdict

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson address the day's rumour mill.

The uncertainty over Mamadou Sakho's immediate playing future was put to rest on Tuesday after the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that they won't appeal against UEFA's decision to absolve him of taking a banned substance.

The Liverpool defender was banned by UEFA in April for 30 days after testing positive for a "fat-burning" substance called Higenamine.

UEFA's independent Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB), however, opted not to extend the suspension in May as there was debate over...

 By Steven Kelly

Mane stars and Sturridge scores twice as Liverpool return to winning ways

The ESPN FC crew recap Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.

A very strong Liverpool side played well and had far too much for the hosts. One or two injury worries aside, this was a good workout for a team that needed to rediscover its shooting boots after a dismal league defeat at Burnley on Saturday.

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Positives

Two goals from Daniel Sturridge hold out some hope that he can make a lasting contribution to Liverpool's league form this season. The Reds reached the next round without any real problems.

Negatives

Emre Can was busy but looked in some discomfort...

Jurgen Klopp hails 'professional' Liverpool victory to open EFL Cup

The ESPN FC crew recap Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson address the day's rumour mill.

BURTON UPON TRENT, England -- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the "professional" performance of his side in Tuesday night's 5-0 victory over Burton Albion.

The Reds avoided a potential banana skin in the second round of the EFL Cup against Nigel Clough's Championship outfit thanks to contributions on the scoresheet from Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino, an own goal from Tom Naylor and a Daniel Sturridge brace.

Klopp's side responded well to Saturday's abject 2-0 defeat to Burnley on the weekend...

Liverpool put five past Burton Albion in EFL Cup

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The ESPN FC crew recap Liverpool's 5-0 win over Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.

Jurgen Klopp took the first step towards guiding Liverpool to another EFL Cup final as the Reds comfortably won 5-0 against Burton.

Klopp took Liverpool to the final last season, losing to Manchester City on penalties, after succeeding Brendan Rodgers two months into the campaign and his team are on the Wembley trail again after negotiating a potentially tricky opening tie at the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton boss Nigel Clough, a former Reds striker, has a good record as a manager against Premier League...