Liverpool fans will not look back on this weekend’s clash with Arsenal with any great fondness after the Reds lost 4-1 to the Gunners and saw their hopes of a top-four finish take another blow.
In truth Liverpool were just not at the races, with the inclusion of defender Kolo Toure in the absence of the suspended Martin Skrtel playing its part in the defeat.
But one Liverpool player could hold his head up high after the game, with centre-back Mamadou Sakho’s performance arguably the only plus point for manager Brendan Rodgers.
The French international was part of a defence that shipped four goals, and that should not be forgotten, but his individual performance was good and on another day - perhaps with Skrtel alongside him - he could have been hailed considerably more than he will be now.
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The Liverpool defender rarely gave the ball away all afternoon, having a passing accuracy of 95 per cent and recovering the ball on 13 separate occasions.
Sakho also made eight effective clearances – four with his feet and four with his head – while he won four duels, two aerial battles and three interceptions.
Overall he impressed and while Liverpool lost, his performance spoke of better things to come.