Liverpool's £15m shrewdness becomes a fortune

Liverpool's signing of Mamadou Sakho is looking perfectly timed.

Mamadou Sakho is the man of the moment in France, the unlikely two-goal hero in their vital World Cup play-off against Ukraine.

The centre-back was himself in the team due to a stroke of fortune, which had seemed like bad luck at the time - Laurent Koscielny's sending off in the first leg.

Now it is suddenly Liverpool who are looking like the fortunate ones, lucky enough to own the 23-year-old centre-back thanks to a smart piece of transfer business late in the summer window.

The deal is looking shrewd because of Sakho's suddenly increased status in his homeland. 

While the defender is still adapting to life at Liverpool, he proved last night he is a big game player who the Reds are going to be able to rely on in the future.

The club paid a big price of him at £15 million, but there can be little doubt they have secured the services of a real leader.

Timing is everything, in terms of Sakho's selection last night, but also his availability. Had this game taken place in mid-August, would PSG have still let him go?

Would they let him go now? With the defender suddenly the most popular man in France it is likely they would have reconsidered the already tough decision to sell such an asset. 

Bearing in mind his future potential and the £30 million plus PSG paid for teenager Marquinhos from Roma, Sakho's price suddenly looks a bargain.

Liverpool should be very pleased with themselves they struck when they did to sign him up, and enjoy his new-found confidence when he returns to Anfield ahead of this weekend.

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