The WADA code says the sentence is highly likely to be reduced because of the nature of the substance, and he is more likely to face a six-month ban.
It is possible that his suspension would start from last weekend since he has shown readiness to accept the result.
Mamadou Sakho will therefore, miss Liverpool’s semi-final Europa League first-leg match. The team has already traveled to Villarreal for the showdown with the defender excluded.
Sakho failed a routine drugs test after the Europa game at Manchester United which is punishable under UEFA’s doping violation charter.
The football authority gave him Tuesday to request a test of the B sample after the initial sample tested positive for a substance on WADA’s banned list, and also provide an explanation to the European governing body.
He remains suspended until a final decision is reached by the football governing body .