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Three encouraging stats from Mamadou Sakho's Liverpool display

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Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho performed well for Liverpool in their 3-1 win at Sunderland.

At the fourth time of asking, Mamadou Sakho was on the winning side for Liverpool.

He played all 90 minutes in their victory at the Stadium of Light against bottom of the table Sunderland.

As part of a three man defence, Sakho rarely looked troubled and is clearly growing into his role at the club since his deadline day transfer from French champions PSG.

We have taken a look at three key statistics from his performance:

1) Sakho completed 96 per cent of his passes. He made 49 in total, more than fellow centre-back's Skrtel (24) and Toure (34) - with neither completing over 90 per cent of them, Skrtel 88 and Toure 74.

2) Sakho made three interceptions, more than any other Liverpool defender, and as many as Lucas - The highest Liverpool performer.

3) Sakho made eight clearances, fewer than fellow defenders Skrtel (11) and Toure (12) - but still a significant amount.

It's tells a highly encouraging story for manager Brendan Rodgers, who is clearly hoping Sakho is ready to establish himself as a first team player right away.

So taken with the Frenchman's potential, Liverpool are even adjusting their formation to accommodate him - unable to separate him from fellow defenders Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure. And this is with Daniel Agger out injured.

Rodgers will have a tough decision upon the Dane's return - no fans will want to see the club go back to playing four centre-backs as in their loss to Southampton.

Sakho in performing solidly is ensuring he has as good a chance as his more experienced teammates in the increasingly competitive battle for selection?

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