Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made some very astute signings in the summer, perhaps the most impressive of which was the signature of Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain.
The French international cost £15 million from the French champions, as the Liverpool boss decided it was time for a rejuvenation of the defensive forces - in light of Jamie Carragher’s retirement.
Sakho was once a teenage captain of PSG and dubbed as the ‘next Thuram’ due to his power, strength and tactical nous - he was to be a future star for Les Parisiens.
But this was before, when PSG were a struggling outfit haemorrhaging money and flirting with relegation. The team was largely made up of graduates from the youth team such as Sakho, Clement Chantome and Youssouf Mulumbu and veterans such as Claude Makelele, Ludovic Giuly and Jerome Rothen.
But then something changed - something by the name of Qatar Investment Authority. Before you knew it PSG were buying talent from around the globe. For Sakho it was a disaster, as Thiago Silva arrived and then this summer Marquinhos - his chances of first-team football were slim.
But yesterday he revealed that fearing for first-team football was not the main reason behind his move.
If so, why join a team like Liverpool - who also have plenty of great defenders at their disposal.
Instead he felt his principles were being called into question by remaining at the club:
"In Paris, my mind was polluted by many things. I'm not part of a big club because of the competition. In Liverpool, there are also some very good players in my position. My decision was deliberate. I saw many things that challenged my principles. Before being football players, we are men. In Paris, I have not always felt respect. I did not want to feel like a number you put in a corner to look pretty and say "made in PSG."
Essentially he felt as if he was being used almost as propaganda. That despite the Qatari takeover the club was still French and look here is proof … look at Sakho.
He was not comfortable with that position in the team - and decided that he would leave the club he had called home for 11 years in search of a new challenge.
Somewhere where he felt they would respect him not only as a football player but as a human being.
And where better than Liverpool FC.
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