Liverpool fans were calling out for a marquee signing this past summer. Many high profile names were being linked with a move to the Reds. Fans may not have gotten the big name they wanted like Diego Costa or Willian but instead Mamadou Sakho was the marquee signing.
The giant 23-year old French centre back signed for Liverpool in the summer for £18million which is a big fee to pay for a defender. But so far, Sakho has looked like a good buy, helping Liverpool to the top of the table. He has taken a bit of time to adjust to the Premier League but with each passing game you can see him getting better and better. For someone to be able to keep Daniel Agger out of the side, you have to be pretty decent.
The arrival of Sakho at Liverpool seemed to be on the cards for a bit in the summer as it was continually been reported that the defender wanted out of PSG. Sakho has now revealed why he had to leave PSG and sign for Liverpool.
“I had to quit Paris to get back in the France squad,” Sakho told Le Parisien.
“Being picked again proves many things. That I still have that level. Most of all that I didn’t leave to join a big club because of the competition.
“At Liverpool there are also very good players in my position, but the competition is clean. At Paris it had become complicated.
“I don’t want to break sugar on anyone’s back. I could say many things about certain directors at Paris but there’s no point.
“I’ve put that behind me and closed the door. The day I decided to leave PSG, I just got on with it.”
Sakho has already been rewarded for his fine start to his Liverpool career by being recalled into the French side by manager Didier Deschamps ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Finland and the friendly match with Australia in Paris.
Let us hope that Sakho continues this form for the rest of the season. There is stiff competition currently at Liverpool for centre backs. If Rodgers continues to play three centre backs then there is more room for them to feature. If we drop back to two at the back then competition increases an extra notch. With Sakho, Toure, Skrtel, Agger and Ilori to pick from, Rodgers has some selection headaches, but good ones.