Mamadou Sakho was the youngest ever captain of PSG, widely considered one of Europe's most promising centre halves long before arrived at Liverpool for £17M two summers ago. He was the defensive star for France at last summer's World Cup, anchoring a side that went performed far better than most expected heading into the tournament.
For Liverpool, though, he's never quite seemed to click under Brendan Rodgers. Given he has at times struggled for minutes, it's no surprise that rumours abound he was a transfer committee selection forced on manager Brendan Rodgers, who finally got his way—and his centre half—with the £20M signing of Dejan Lovren this past summer.
As has so often been the case when given the chance, though, he he looked equal parts promising and impressive against Arsenal on Sunday. Despite a few signs of rust following a lengthy injury layoff, and despite the at times awkward way he moves around the pitch, he put in an impressive and effective performance on the left side of the defence.
It wasn't a perfect night, but it was an improvement on any performance so far turned in by Lovren bar perhaps his early outing against Tottenham. There was certainly enough to it to say with some certainty that he deserves to start Liverpool's next match. And to say that if he follows Daniel Agger out the door the club will have made a massive mistake.
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