Liverpool secured a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in the Europa League.
Liverpool opened their Europa League campaign against Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on Thursday, and they managed a 1-1 draw against the French club.
Brendan Rodgers named a much-changed side from the team that lost to Manchester United, utilising a 3-4-3 formation with the likes of Jordan Rossiter, Divock Origi and Kolo Toure all coming into the side.
However, it was one player who impressed above all others, with Mamadou Sakho excelling in his first appearance for the season.
Playing as part of a back three, the 25-year-old central defender captained Liverpool to the draw, showing of his talent.
He won four aerial duels, completed three tackles, two interceptions and made seven clearances. Sakho also proved he is the best defender when it comes to playing in Rodgers’ footballing set-up, with his pass accuracy of 90% the second highest in the side - below Emre Can.
Fans have been complaining that Sakho has not been used by Rodgers in the Premier League this season, despite the obvious weaknesses in their defence, and following his impressive display against Bordeaux, fans took to Twitter to urge Rodgers to use the centre-back the Premier League.
Just watched the game. Mama was mammoth. That's what a great CB looks like. Frankly, our back 4 should be Clyne, Gomez, Sakho & Moreno #LFC— TheRedDrJ (@TheRedDrJ) September 17, 2015
Meh result. Meh performance. Great goal from Lallana. Sakho good but that just makes the fact he hasn't played more aggravating.— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) September 17, 2015
Sakho's such a leader. You need that at the back. Won all headers that got into our box today, made great challenges, passing was superb..— Jonny. (@JonnyLFC_) September 17, 2015
impressed with Chirivella. the only positive. Sakho's passing was superb. the way he initiated attacks was great. Moreno good game.— alam (@ssnhqfirmino) September 17, 2015
Sakho is great. We all knew that already. Too bad he isn't starting this weekend because Brendan— Farrah N. (@Farrahnair) September 17, 2015
Rodgers has more to prove than Sakho. He just has to start v Norwich #No-brainer— Kop Rover (@Joegriffin7) September 18, 2015
Mamadou Sakho as got to start on Sunday against Norwich— Roy Parkes (@parkesyR) September 18, 2015
Sakho was honestly flawless last night. Showed his quality, deserves to start Sunday. Scenes when it's lovren and skrtel again. #LFCFamily— PHILIPPE ON WIRE (@scousecoutinho) September 18, 2015
Well I have to say it, Sakho HAS to start on Sunday against Norwich City, he was solid last night and defensively he didn't mess about— Jay JFT96 Hicks (@trojan78) September 18, 2015