Liverpool defender focused only on winning remaining two games

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is determined to win his side’s final two matches of the season.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has his eyes fixed on the Reds’ trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Monday, not on the Premier League table.

The 24-year-old France international arrived at Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and remains Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ most expensive signing to date.

The centre-back has taken to life on Merseyside well and spoke of the club and their fans as his ‘family’ in a recent interview ahead of his side’s trip to Palace next week with just two games left of the Premier League season.

Liverpool are the current league leaders, but Manchester City will oust them from pole position should they win their clash against Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday afternoon. The Citizens would have caught up with their games in hand and would find themselves on equal points with a marginally better goal difference than Liverpool, who will be hoping that their neighbours, the Toffees, do them a favour at Goodison Park.

However, Sakho has his focus where it should be: on the Reds' remaining games and, first and foremost, the three points available at Palace on Monday. Liverpool's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield last weekend saw them lose their grip on the title with Manuel Pellegrini's side now holding the advantage. However, the championship race is far from a foregone conclusion, and Sakho has called for the team to remain focused on their work on the pitch.

'It was quite a difficult defeat [to take]. But now it's behind us and we have to concentrate on what we have to do until the end of the season', he said of last weekend's defeat.

'That means to take the six points and then we'll do our sums at the end'.

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