Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Norwich City took the Reds considerably closer to their first ever Premier League title, with a brace from Raheem Sterling and another strike from Luis Suarez securing the victory despite an impressive second-half performance from the hosts.
While many articles will focus on the Liverpool goal-scorers, this is not one of them. Instead we are focusing on defender Mamadou Sakho, who appears to have divided opinion following his side's latest victory.
Some fans believe the summer signing is becoming an integral part of Brendan Rodgers' back-line, while others, it is fair to say, think otherwise.
As least that is the impression we got when we took to Twitter after the match. But more on that in a moment.
For now let's look at Sakho's stats from Sunday's game. The Frenchman made 11 effective clearances, seven effective headed clearances, he won three aerial battles and two interceptions.
|Effective Clearance||Effective Head Clearance||Aerial Won||Interception Won||Mins|
So while the Canaries fought their way back into a match that appeared beyond them before the 20-minute mark, Sakho's stats suggest he had a relatively impressive game, despite not always looking confident in possession.
When you consider his pass accuracy his performance really comes into its own, with Sakho completing 52 of his 55 passes. He was also dispossessed just once, and he made no errors that directly led to a shot, let alone a goal.
|Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Dispossessed||Error Lead To Shot||Error Lead To Goal||Mins|
Not bad for a player in his first season in Anfield, and one who was hailed by some in his absence through injury earlier this campaign as the missing link in a defence shipping goals at a worrying rate.
Those goals continued to be shipped on Sunday, with the Reds managing to out-score the opposition once again. But on which side of the fence do you sit? Are you a Sakho fan or a doubter.
From the tweets we found below, he certainly does split opinion.
What a man-mountain Mamadou Sakho has been so far!— Prince MAS-D | #LFC (@iPrinceMarcus) April 20, 2014
Mamadou Sakho has achieved something I thought impossible. He makes Djimi Traore look like a good player— Ian Cruise (@Ian_Cruise) April 20, 2014
With the ball at his feet, Mamadou Sakho exudes the confidence and composure of a boozed up baby giraffe. #Liverpool— Chris Radford (@chris_radford) April 20, 2014
Brendan Rodgers' 'killer' Mamadou Sakho is palpatation-inducing in possession. Daniel Agger next week please? #LFC— Zarif Rasul (@zarifrasul) April 20, 2014
My heart cannot deal with Mamadou Sakho— Seb Fisher (@sebfisher) April 20, 2014