Mamadou Sakho has been settling into life in Liverpool very well according to several reports this morning.
Last weekend he returned to the side against West Ham United after vice-captain Daniel Agger missed the game through illness and put in a pretty impressive performance. He could have perhaps done better earlier on in the game when Simon Mignolet had to save Modibo Maiga but by keeping tight to the forward he limited his options on goal.
As well as getting his first goal for the club in slightly scrappy circumstances, he put in a pretty solid performance, looked good in the air and comfortable in possession.
With both Agger and Sakho being left sided players it means they are in direct competition with each other and are highly unlikely to make a centre back pairing in any starting eleven.
Sakho told the club’s website that he thinks the competition for places at the club is a positive thing by saying:
‘They are all experienced players so I can only learn from working alongside them. As a youngster I can benefit from their experience.
‘There is competition, but the most important thing is that all the players make themselves ready and available for the group, help the team grow and help Liverpool get back onto the European stage.’
However, Agger has been linked with a move away from the club for the best part of a year, if not more. Barcelona are a side that have been linked with lodging a fairly hefty fee, and whilst competition may be helping Sakho, Agger may easily see an opportunity to gain regular first team football elsewhere at either a side with more money and/or a greater chance of winning more trophies.
It will be interesting to see if Agger is selected on Sunday given the absence of Steven Gerrard, and the Danish international is the official vice-captain, or if he will retain Sakho in the line-up for his performance last weekend.
If Sakho keeps his performances up, and given that he is still young and improving, Agger could end up getting itchy feet.
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