Two Liverpool defenders have praised one of Anfields’s most high-profile signings this summer in Mamadou Sakho, 23. Both Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have had the opportunity to see the French international having played with him as part of Liverpool’s back line in the past few matches, so few will be able to give a better opinion on him as a teammate.
Skrtel told the club’s website: ‘In the games he has started he has shown how good he is, he’s fitted into the team well and he’s doing well at the moment. I’m happy for him and happy for the team because he is a good player for us. I just hope things carry on this way.’
He has had the odd teething problem that one would expect of any new player trying to fit into a new side, notably on his debut against Swansea City. He was caught out on occasion, particularly for the Swansea equaliser as he was out of position which thus allowed Jonjo Shelvey to occupy the space required to knock down and assist Michu’s goal.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Kolo Toure said: ‘He is a fantastic player and has proved that in the matches so far. He’s strong in the air, powerful, good with the ball at his feet and very intelligent.’
It’s hard to disagree with what Toure says… with the ball at his feet it has been a while since a defender has looked so accomplished in possession yet under such a huge amount of pressure when Liverpool play the ball out from the back - and he's positioned well more often than not.
In most cases the ball seems to find a teammate, whenever he is being harried he looks like he can get out of a sticky situation.
He has also looked strong in the tackle and good in the air. There are still the odd bits of uncertainty but given that he hasn’t even made ten appearances for the club yet, a lot of people should be prepared to cut him some slack. He is, after all, still below the age deemed to be a defender's best and he is still transitioning from a different club, different culture and a different league.
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