BBC pundit hails man-possessed Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho

Garth Crooks has been impressed with Mamadou Sakho's form since Jurgen Klopp took over.

Garth Crooks has picked out Mamadou Sakho for praise after his performance in the weekend win over Chelsea.

Sakho was one of two Liverpool stars he selected in his BBC Team of the Week, along with two goal midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The former footballer explained that Sakho's performance left him stunned, and he was especially taken with his distribution.

He went on to admit that his earlier comments about the Frenchman's future at the club being in doubt, may have been proven wrong already.

Crooks told The BBC: "Can someone please tell me what has got into Mamadou Sakho in these past few games? The Liverpool centre-back is playing like a man possessed. He battles for every ball as though his life depends on it.

"Yet it was the quality of his distribution that startled me. It happened in the first half when he hit a wonderful Steven Gerrardesque 40-yard diagonal pass for Nathaniel Clyne and he did it again in the second half.

"I said last week that Sakho might be surplus to requirements once Jurgen Klopp gets his chequebook out in the transfer window. But the way Sakho's playing the new boss might start building his team around the France international."

Sakho's form has improved since Jurgen Klopp took over, and he has appeared settled playing in a more structured back four as opposed to part of a back three.

The Frenchman may also be more motivated to impress the former Borussia Dortmund boss, perhaps realising that he is playing for his future at the club, as well as for a Euro 2016 place with France.

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