Liverpool battled all summer for a left-back after a season in which you could tell Brendan Rodgers was not impressed with the injury and mistake prone Jose Enrique. In the end they got one, and have stopped playing full-backs.
Aly Cissokho is what you would consider a modern-day full-back. It is definitely fair to say that he prefers flying up the pitch, than he does tracking back down it.
Recently Rodgers has adopted a 3-5-2 system, adopting Cissokho on his return from injury as a wing-back - to great effect.
It is a role the Frenchman, who joined on loan from Valencia in August, believes he is thriving in, and he spoke this enjoyment on the official Liverpool site this week:
"It's a role I like a lot. I can get up the field a lot, whilst remaining safe in terms of the three behind me. We have three defenders in line as flat backline, which gives me a lot of freedom. My natural position is a left-sided defender, so this freedom allows me to give everything I can to the team.’’
And he has looked very impressive, perhaps finally finding the form that saw him hyped up so much whilst playing with Porto and Lyon.
It was during this time that he first started to get attention from the French Football Federation - and indeed, in 2009 he got his first call-up - and in 2010 he made his debut against Norway under new manager Laurent Blanc.
That is something he is now determined to change, according to quotes in the French press:
"Yes it is a goal, as you have the opportunity to have tasted it you always want to return. While I'm at the top level I will posit that team. I want to concentrate on my club to hold. If my performance is there and if we stay at the top of the league, why not. "
With Patrice Evra in hot water in France and Gael Clichy underperforming … he might just have a chance.
Do you think Cissokho could make it back into the French fold?
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