77 Touches: Brendan Rodgers praises outstanding Liverpool star Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho

Brendan Rodgers has praised Mamadou Sakho's display for Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers has told Liverpool's official website that Mamadou Sakho has played himself into contention for this weekend's Premier League game.

The centre-back played all 90 minutes against Bordeaux in the Europa League, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sakho has had to bide his time this season, reportedly to his frustration, with The Mail yesterday claiming he is stalling over a new contract due to his lack of regular football at the club.

Against Bordeaux he touched the ball 77 times, recording a pass completion rate of 91 per cent, winning four aerial duels - matched only by the excellent Joe Gomez.

Rodgers was impressed with his display, laying on the superlatives after the final whistle.

He said: "He was certainly outstanding in his performance. He knows he’s had to be patient and his attitude has been first-class. We won our first few games, our performance was good, so it was difficult up until the international break for him to play.

"But he’s trained very well and remained very professional, done his extra work on his fitness and you see tonight he has got his rewards for that. So he certainly comes into the reckoning for the weekend."

With centre-back Dejan Lovren continuing to cause worry at the back, it makes sense for Sakho to be brought back into the starting line-up against Norwich City at the weekend.

The defender will be keen to make an impression back at Anfield, as he strives to earn a spot in the France starting line-up ahead of Euro 2016 in his homeland next summer.

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