In the close of their transfer market activity, Liverpool completed the signing of Mamadou Sakho from PSG for a fee of £18m. Sakho is a France international with 14 caps and whilst primarily a centre back, can also play on the left side of defence.
This signing shows great intent by Rogers given Sakho’s proven quality. Here’s what Rogers had to say when asked if this signing was a coup for the team:
I think it’s a massive one. He is a player they were not wanting to lose, but he’d made it known he wasn’t going to sign another contract and it’s something that our people here at the club were very much on top of.
At his age, the potential he has and his attributes – he’s really powerful, quick and offers us balance as well as he can play left-side centre-half or at left-back – means there is real hot competition, not just in games but every day in training, and that will see us improve.”
At 23 years old, he already has a great amount of experience with his club: winning the French title, French cup and French League Cup and internationally with his 14 caps. In 2011 he was named the country’s young player of the year.
Sakho joins Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Martin Kelly in competing for a place in the heart of Liverpool’s defence, so there is likely to be a good amount of quality competition for the team. Sakho is a very strong, versatile player who is likely to have a very positive influence on Liverpool this season.
A particularly exciting season at Anfield is underway.