Mamadou Sakho hails Arsenal's Olivier Giroud but says he's not scared of anyone

Mamadou Sakho has been talking ahead of Liverpool's match against Arsenal.

Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has praised his international teammate Olivier Giroud in an interview with the Reds’ official website.

Sakho will come up against the Arsenal front-man this weekend when the two sides go head-to-head at the Emirates Stadium, and Sakho knows just how dangerous the Gunners’ in-form striker can be.

Giroud has netted 17 goals in 26 matches for Arsenal this season, including six in his last five Premier League matches, and Liverpool’s back-line will have to be at its best to keep the 28-year-old at bay later today.

Speaking ahead of the lunch-time clash, the Liverpool defender said of Giroud, “He’s strong, he can keep the ball and he can score.

“He’s a good player so we have to stay focused in defence. I’m not scared of anybody. They have many options and good players, but we have quality too and it will be a very good game.”

If Liverpool win they will move – at least temporarily – to within two points of Manchester United, but if they lose and Louis van Gaal’s side beat Aston Villa the Reds will be eight points away from a Champions League qualifying spot with only seven games remaining.

Liverpool’s defence has impressed since reverting to three at the back, but United were the first side to really get the better of them since that switch and Sakho will want them to be much tighter against Giroud and co.

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