Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho offers update on his recovery from injury

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho picked up a knee injury against Crystal Palace at the start of the month.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has offered an update on his fitness and suggested that he could be back in the side at around the turn of the New Year.

Sakho limped off during the side's defeat to Crystal Palace prior to the international break with a knee injury, and there were fears the Frenchman could be sidelined for a long time.

But the fans' favourite has eased those fears, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “I’m very happy because I think it’s good news. Everyone thought I had a big injury for a long time.

“But, thank God, I think it will be between four and six weeks. We will see the evolution. Now I feel much better, I work and I hope I will come back as soon as possible.

“I have the objective to come back as soon as possible, as strong as possible. When I come back I will try to give my best like before.”

Sakho has been a rock at the heart of the Liverpool defence from September onwards. His commanding performances and contribution in possession are both noticeable when he plays the game, and there was a bit of anxiety around the club's support when he had to be substituted as a result. Many regard him as the team's best defender, and were a few nervous at the prospect of Dejan Lovren replacing him for a prolonged period. 

Lovren has done nothing wrong in the two games he has played in place of the Frenchman, and is likely to continue to cover for Sakho up until the Frenchman returns and, if he impresses, perhaps beyond. 

Given the amount of injuries Liverpool have had to endure this season, it is welcome for Jurgen Klopp and his staff that one of their key men could return around one of the more busy parts of the fixture schedule. 

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