Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has admitted it will be hard to keep loan hit Mamadou Sakho beyond the end of this season.
The 27-year-old defender was frozen out at Liverpool but has made a huge difference to the Eagles since signing in January.
Palace have won five of the six matches that Sakho has played – keeping four clean sheets.
The French international is contracted to the Reds until 2020.
“It will probably be very difficult [to keep him],” said Allardyce. “It will be down to the club and Mamadou to discuss at the end of the season.
“It was such a rush job [to sign him], I’m not sure there were clauses to make anything permanent.
“His leadership, as well as his ability, has been a massive plus for me. I didn’t know he had such great leadership qualities – on the training pitch and the pitch. Those types are rarer than before.”