Savage on popular Liverpool star Mamadou Sakho: They are better off without him

Robbie Savage claims Liverpool are better off without Mamadou Sakho.

Liverpool's poor start to the season has meant it's been open season on the manager and players, but not all criticism is necessarily justified.

BBC pundit Robbie Savage has been assessing the club's signings under Brendan Rodgers dating back to 2012, and has written off every single player signed this summer as a 'miss' rather than a 'hit'.

Another he has lambasted is defender Mamadou Sakho, particularly harsh in his assessment, claiming they are better off without him. 

He said: "At the time he joined he was the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history and was talked up as being the man to take their defence by the scruff of the neck and turn them into a proper unit. It turns out they do better without him than when he is in the team."

Sakho has only played three Premier League games this season, and made his comeback in midweek in the win over Bournemouth, replacing Dejan Lovren at half-time.

Savage's claim Liverpool are better off without the French is actually proven correct according to Opta stats based on league games across this season and last.

   Goals per gameGoals Conceded per gamePoints per gameAppearances
Liverpool Without Sakho 2.26 1.24 2.12 34
Liverpool With Sakho 2.15 1.5 1.65 20

Liverpool concede more goals per game with Sakho in the side, and win fewer points as a result.

Having the French international back and available for the visit of Arsenal is a potential boost, but he will need to lift his game to turn around such an unwanted record based on his appearances so far.

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