Mamadou Sakho loving life working under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho seems to be getting more regular game time under Klopp.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has said manager Jurgen Klopp is very close to his players and kind and suggested it's different for him under the German at the club compared to under Brendan Rodgers.

Sakho has been a more regular fixture in the Reds' side since Klopp's arrival, and seems to have formed a pretty effective partnership with Dejan Lovren in recent weeks.

The French defender is quoted by the Liverpool Echo, who cite French outlet RMC, saying: "We feel he is very expressive but as we said from the beginning, this is really not to be mean to us. Rather, it is to encourage us.

“In football, a lot can happen off the field. The most important thing is to stay focused, serious. The former coach (Brendan Rodgers) made the choices. I have accepted. I always remained myself and smiling in training."

Sakho also said he is at home in Liverpool and likes the city which will be welcome news to many of the fans who have taken the player to their hearts. 

There have been times when his ability has been question and his form has looked a little out of sorts, but there have been some excellent performances of late - notably in the Europa League last-16 win over Manchester United where he seemed to win every challenge he came up against. 

However, it does look as if he needs a settled centre-back partner alongside him, and he seems to have struck up a good relationship with Dejan Lovren. After his withdrawal in the 3-2 defeat to Southampton, Sakho looked a little lost. 

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