Sakho explains why he walked out on last Merseyside derby

The Liverpool defender has given his reasons for storming out of Anfield during the 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this season.

Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has explained why he walked out of this season's first Merseyside derby, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Everton at Anfield earlier this Premier League campaign but Sakho, who was left out of Brendan Rodgers' side, did not hang around to watch the match in the stands.

Instead, at half-time, the 24-year-old stormed out of Liverpool's ground, later apologising for his actions.

And Sakho, signed by Liverpool for £18 million, says he was going through a difficult situation as he felt he deserved a place in the Reds' starting XI.

The centre-back, of course, has transformed his season since returning from injury and looks set to start against Everton this time around.

“It was a bad moment for me, a difficult time. It was a normal reaction, you know – I felt bad, disappointed [at being axed]. I want to play all the time, it is the same with all the players, we want to play for the red shirt and in the big games,” he explained.

“It was hard for me yes, and then I was injured for a long time. But one thing about me, I have a strong mentality all the time. I work hard, I try to fight hard."

  Tackles Won (per game)Interceptions WonEffective ClearancesAerial Duels WonAppearancesMinutes Played
Mamadou Sakho 1.4 1.4 6.3 2.8 10 878
Emre Can 1.33 1 3.25 1.75 12 766
Martin Skrtel 1.1 1.85 10.45 3.85 20 1,800

As Opta stats show, Sakho has solidified his position within Liverpool's back three since returning to the first team with a fine run of form.

The Frenchman is still erratic in possession but, defensively, he averages more won tackles per game than both Martin Skrtel and Emre Can, while his clearances, interceptions and aerial duels won per match also stack up well.

The 24-year-old, then, is in exactly the right frame of mind ahead of this weekend's clash with Everton, as opposed to the 'bad moment' he faced last time around.

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