Mamadou Sakho opens up on congratulatory text message from Steven Gerrard

Sakho revealed the text arrived after he captained Liverpool for the first time.

Mamadou Sakho has revealed on Liverpool's official website that he received a congratulatory text message from former captain Steven Gerrard after captaining the Reds for the first time in a 1-1 draw against Bordeaux in the Europa League last month. 

Gerrard departed the club in the summer for MLS side LA Galaxy, meaning that Sakho is now one of the main leaders in the current Reds squad.

He's quoted by the Liverpool website as saying: “Also, he often sends me small text messages like after my first match of the season at Bordeaux, in the Europa League, with the captain armband.

"He texted me to congratulate me. Continue to fight like that, I'm proud of you.’

"It's always nice to receive such a message from a great player."

It's clear that Gerrard is still keen to keep in touch with those at the club, but it is an indication of the high regard that he holds the Frenchman in, whose importance to the Liverpool cause has grown since that appearance - having started every league game since. 

Obviously on the back of the departure of such a talismanic figure like Gerrard, any leadership skills from other areas of the squad are going to be huge. Sakho certainly has them, having been the youngest captain of his former club, Paris Saint Germain, at the age of 17. 

Given the recent sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers, figures like Sakho are going to need to lead even more during this spell, where the new manager gets his feet under the table and starts to implement his way of playing. Given the defensive options currently available, it looks as though Sakho will still be one of the first names on the teamsheet in the immediate future.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch