echo sorting direction without grid.sort on selected column

by almost okey   Last Updated February 06, 2018 22:10 PM

using JHTML grid.sort I can sort the columns but I want to sort without this

<?php echo JHTML::_( 'grid.sort', JText::_('lastName'), 'lastName', $this->sortDirection, $this->sortColumn); ?>

the html output of this

<a href="#" onclick="Joomla.tableOrdering('lastName','asc','');return false;" class="hasPopover" title="" data-content="Sort by direction" data-placement="top" data-original-title="lastName">Last Name</a>

its possible to echo the "selected" column direction?

This will output only the default-selected direction:

<?php echo $this->sortDirection; ?>

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