Report: Roma want Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

The French defender has been on Merseyside for two seasons.

Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho is reportedly a target for Serie A side Roma, according to a report from Calciomercato, as they look to bolster their defensive options. 

Sakho has been at Liverpool for two years after signing for the Reds from Paris Saint Germain in a deal reportedly worth £15 million - according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Frenchman has impressed as his time at Anfield has gone on, and was a part of the defensive unit that broke a 30-year club clean sheet record during the midway point of last season.

However, the Frenchman was not part of the matchday squad during the Reds' opening day victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, with manager Brendan Rodgers preferring to partner Martin Skrtel with under-fire defender Dejan Lovren, who has since received many plaudits for his commanding performance on Sunday. 

So, Sakho's role in the side appears to be under the spotlight, and he may have to bide his time before getting a chance to establish himself in the first team. But with many games coming up for the Reds this season from September onwards - where they enter the Europa League and League Cup - Rodgers will want to keep his full compliment of defenders, and keep his existing central defensive partnership on their toes. 

It has been clear for some time that Rodgers wanted to start Lovren alongside Skrtel during the opening stages of the season, as they have played together a lot during pre-season, but Sakho's absence is in part explained by the recent birth of his child. 

Though he may not have had consistent, regular game time over the past two seasons because of a preference for other defenders, or because of injury, the Frenchman has appeared relatively content with life at Anfield by getting himself involved in community and charity work - as well as showing the kind of character he is in the dressing room, particularly on the recent pre-season tour. 

Roma may try to land the talented Frenchman, but one feels that Liverpool will resist any offers that come in. 

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