Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Sakho performance at left-back

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho has a history of playing at left-back, but it didn't look like it according to Liverpool fans on Twitter.

Southampton have continued where they left off last season - giving the Premier League’s perennial leaders a real run for their money.

Today it was the turn of Liverpool, as Southampton came away from Anfield with a deserved 1-0 win courtesy of a Dejan Lovren goal in the second half.

But the Liverpool team looked peculiar in honesty from the start, as essentially Brendan Rodgers made the bizarre decision to line his team up with four centre-backs forming his backline.

Maybe he felt that Southampton play narrow, so this would utilise the threat sufficiently for his team to take advantage of Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

It did not work, in particular in the case of Mamadou Sakho.

The former Paris Saint-Germain defender has played at left-back on numerous occasions throughout his career, even doing so at times at international level for France.

So in reality there should not have been any issue with playing him in that position.

But in all honesty, the best moment of his game probably came when Jose Enrique came on for Daniel Agger, and he was allowed to switch into the centre of defence.

The trickery of Adam Lallana had Sakho all over the place, while Nathaniel Clyne bombing on from right-back also had him toiling. In terms of attacking options, Sakho offered little, if no offense from the position - which is what makes the decision to play him all the more bizarre.

Liverpool were undefeated before the game, and in top form, but went out with a team that looked ready not to lose, rather than go out and actually win … and Southampton punished that mind-set.

Sakho is a far better central defender than he is at left-back - which was surely proven today. Sure he can do a job there when it is quite literally a necessity, but if he is not the last option he is not good enough to offer both attacking and defensive quality from the full-back position.

Rodgers got his team wrong for this game, of that there is no doubt - and he will know that. If he doesn’t, than the Liverpool fans seem more than happy to let him know.

Here is some reaction to the performance by Sakho at left-back…

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