Would the perfect and affordable centre-back option snub Liverpool anyway?


PSG's Mamadou Sakho has outlined his intention to leave the club. Will Liverpool make a move? And will he choose to go?

As Liverpool battle to fend off Barcelona's advances for Daniel Agger, it should bring back some focus on their defensive situation.

Kolo Toure has been brought in as a short-term option, Martin Skrtel did not convince Brendan Rodgers last season, and the fact Sebastian Coates remains at the club is largely confusing.

With Jamie Carragher retiring, a more long-term solution was expected; and Kyriakos Papadopoulos has been touted, but a combination of his price tag and recent injury record has seen Liverpool and Schalke agree to disagree.

The club do not have a limitless pot of cash, that is very clear; so they are thought to be keeping their options open for more 'reasonably priced' options.

And one may well have presented itself over the weekend, in French defender Mamadou Sakho.

The PSG man had hinted recently he would be deciding his future, and being left out of the club's opening game of the season is thought to have made his mind up for good.

L'Equipe is reporting that Sakho has informed PSG management of his desire to move away from the club, having seen Thiago Silva and Marquinhos bought for hefty price tags in successive summers, with former Chelsea man Alex also in his path.

Worried about his international ambitious chances with France, Sakho wants to move to a club where he can play and impress national coach Didier Deschamps.

In many ways Sakho is a perfect option for the Reds. He is young at 23, has pedigree in that he has previously captained PSG, and 14 international caps for France already.

His contract expires in 2014, meaning as he is also out of favour at the French champions, he could likely be bought for under £10 million.

But Liverpool might just face a real upwards task in persuading him to sign. They really should not, because of the appeal playing at Anfield holds, and the fact that Sakho would have an opportunity to be a defensive stalwart for many a year at the club.

But Sakho appears to want a guaranteed option of first team football right now.

Having seen his career stall with the World Cup around the corner, he needs a successful 2013/14 season, and moving to Liverpool would be a gamble in that respect.

The competition between Agger, Skrtel and Toure for the two centre-back spots is already likely to be intense, especially considering Toure's impressive performances for Manchester City last season.

Adding Sakho would be an ideal scenario from a competition point of view for Liverpool, even if a slight manager's headache, but a good one at that.

For the defender, not so much. He may find himself jumping from one bench to another next season, when all he wants to do is be out on the pitch playing football.

Liverpool fans do you want Sakho? Would you make him first choice if he signed?

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