Paul Scholes admits he sees quality in under-fire Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has often been criticised for his awkward style of play.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he sees quality in under-fire Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, writing in his blog for The Independent.

The French defender has often come in for criticism from supporters and pundits alike for his awkward style of play and not least his lack of tackles for a so-called dominant defender.

In eight Premier League appearances this season, Sakho has averaged just 1.6 tackles per game according to Whoscored.com – the same figure as Brazilian playmaker Coutinho.

Yet, one area in which the former PSG man stands out is his ability to play the ball out from the back – no matter how awkward it appears to the apprehensive Anfield faithful.

In the recent League Cup semi-final draw with Chelsea, the Reds’ defender instigated a number of attacks from the back, impressing pundit Paul Scholes.

“I prefer Mamadou Sakho to Dejan Lovren in defence, not least for the fact that he always looks to play the ball forward. You need to be positive if you want to play attacking football and I see that quality in Sakho,” Scholes wrote in his blog for the Independent.

Scholes wasn’t the only person to be impressed by Sakho’s performance the other night as former Reds defender Jamie Carragher also praised the 24-year-old, writing on twitter:

Sakho’s passing ability is evident – illustrated by his 88.8% success rate – but so is his impact on Brendan Rodgers’ side when he has been given the opportunity to play.

In the last ten matches in which he has featured for the Merseysiders, Rodgers’ side have remained undefeated with a record of six wins and four draws.

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