Sakho failed a drugs test, though the doping case was later dismissed and it transpired he had done nothing wrong. But the damage was done: he had missed Liverpool's Europa League final against Sevilla and Euro 2016 on home soil.
"I never regret anything in my life," says Sakho to the Daily Mail. "If something is for you in life, you will get it.
"Even if all the world is against you, if it is for you, you will get it. If it's not for you, why do you weep? I just follow my destiny. Life is short. Football is short.
"We have to be positive. We are here to give smiles, a good spectacle. Everything in life, whether it's good or bad, just take it and look at the solutions. You can stay in the same place and start to cry, but that will not change the future."