Liverpool defender on Rodgers: 'Not every coach has that charisma'

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho has been the latest to speak highly of his manager and said he was 'hungry' going into the game with West Ham United.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has said that not every coach or manager has the kind of charisma that Brendan Rodgers has.

The Frenchman made his first start since December as Liverpool beat West Ham United 2-1 last weekend to stretch their winning run in the Premier League to nine games.

Sakho said that he felt like a lion before last weekend’s win before the Hammers as he put in an impressive display alongside Martin Skrtel at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

The defender is quoted, saying: “Rodgers manages to get the maximum out of every player. It’s hugely important and not every coach has that charisma.

“He must keep all the players interested and each time he calls up a player they respond with a performance. Like I did at West Ham.

“It’s been four months and I haven’t played with injury. I had the chance to express myself, and I was there.

“I felt like a lion before the match and I was hungry to come back strongly.”

It would be hard for Rodgers to drop Sakho after his performance against West Ham when Liverpool face up against title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

But it is another ringing endorsement of the Liverpool manager’s man-management skills.

Steven Gerrard has said he is the best man-manager he has worked with whilst several players have improved under the Northern Irishman – notably Jordan Henderson.

Some players who have come over with a hefty price tag like Sakho has may not have been content with playing second fiddle, at times, to another player. In this case Daniel Agger.

But his attitude seems very positive – and it is clear that another example of a good relationship between player and manager has been established at Anfield.

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