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Liverpool ace: I never felt inferior to £27m star, or ex-Chelsea man

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been discussing his final months at PSG.

Mamadou Sakho remains one of the most popular men in France after his World Cup qualifying heroics, seemingly quoted in his homeland daily.

He signed for Liverpool in the summer ahead of the transfer deadline, answering the club's SOS for defensive reinforcements.

One club where he did not feel welcome was his former side PSG, where despite having captained the side - was told in no uncertain terms that he was at the bottom of the rung.

While Brazilian international Thiago Silva became the undisputed number one choice at the club - the second centre-back spot was up for grabs.

Sakho faced competition if he hung around from former Chelsea centre-back Alex, and big money signing Marquinhos - bought for £27 million from Roma.

He said he was never intimidated by the pair of them, despite being told he was down the queue.

Sakho told Le10Sport: "Did I feel less worthy than Alex and Marquinhos? No, never. That's why once I was told: "You're number 3". I replied: "Yes, the 3 is my jersey number." But I'm not number 3 in the hierarchy.

"I finally was a defender of Paris Saint-Germain. Frankly, I've never felt inferior to anyone."

The centre-back did eventually get the hint that he was not going to get the playing time he craved, and so sought a move, with Liverpool coming calling.

He went onto state when questioned which is the better side, "Are PSG stronger than Liverpool? For that, there should be a match! But Liverpool has a great, young team."

The 23-year-old has made 12 Premier League starts since joining, and is set for a crucial run in the side with Daniel Agger facing an extended absence with a foot injury.

His belief that he is not inferior to anybody will stand him in good stead, especially when he gets his first taste of English football at it's rawest - when Liverpool travel to the Britannia this weekend.

image: © psgmag.net

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