Liverpool central defender Mamadou Sakho has revealed that leadership comes naturally to him.
The French defender has endured a difficult second season in English football after a decent start to life at Liverpool following his £15 million move from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013.
“For me it [leadership] comes naturally. There are different kinds of leaders - technical leaders, dressing room leaders, psychological leaders,” he told the Liverpool website.
Sakho isn’t high up on the Liverpool leadership food chain with Steven Gerrard the club skipper and Jordan Henderson a solid choice as vice-captain.
However, Sakho is still only 24-years-old and has the time and space to develop into a complete Premier League defender as he gets more experience of English football.
He’s also shown a willingness to embrace the local area since joining the club, revealing that he’s helping children in the Liverpool FC Foundation learn to speak French as well as coaching them.
“I've been spending afternoons with the kids [at the Liverpool FC Foundation] regularly since I arrived. I am always happy to give French lessons and share some sport sessions with them. It's important for them and me.”
One of the key qualities that any leader needs is the ability to be able to pass on knowledge and taken youngsters under their wing.
Sakho may not be doing that just yet in a football sense but it’s positive he’s taking it upon himself to try and make a difference in a key area for the football club.
His aim now is to get back into the Liverpool side and to stay fully fit and in form once he’s there.
Only once he’s proven to Brendan Rodgers that he is a key member in Liverpool’s defence can he start to aim at some sort of captaincy role with the club.