Plenty of Liverpool fans have been reacting to an interview given by former Reds defender Mamadou Sakho to a French magazine in which he reflected fondly on his time at the club.
The 30-year-old told Stadium Meg [via Sport Witness]: “When I left Paris Saint-Germain, I had a number of offers from Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool. I choose Liverpool because they were one of the clubs of my dreams with a great history. I had the chance to spend four years there in the Reds’ shirt at Anfield with a fantastic crowd.” Those comments were later shared on Twitter by @AnfieldEdition.
Mamadou Sakho: “When I left PSG, I had offers from Barcelona, Bayern, Arsenal and Liverpool. I choose Liverpool because they were one of the clubs of my dreams with a great history. I had the chance to spend four years there in the Reds’ shirt at Anfield with a fantastic crowd.” pic.twitter.com/qr3N8xM4Bz
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 15, 2020
Sakho was signed from PSG in 2013 and played in 18 Premier League matches in his first season at Liverpool as the Reds fell narrowly short of winning the title. He made a significant contribution in the Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund in 2016, giving an accomplished defensive performance in the first leg before scoring a header in the epic 4-3 second leg win at Anfield.
However, disciplinary issues were also a theme of the Frenchman’s Liverpool career. He apologised for leaving Anfield upon being left out of the squad for the derby against Everton in September 2014 and was sent home by Jurgen Klopp from the pre-season tour of USA in 2016 for repeated timekeeping infractions.
Despite his Liverpool career ultimately fizzling out to a loan move (later made permanent) to Crystal Palace, these Reds fans on Twitter were appreciative of Sakho’s wholehearted contribution at Anfield, with one Kopite complimenting the 1.87m-tall centre-back as a “tank“:
This guys passion was bar non! Worst dribbler on earth but a tank and NEVER gave up! ??
— Dee (@CloudeeWords) April 15, 2020
He was our best CB at one point in time. Didn’t end well but not gonna slate him because he was passionate when he played for us. Who will forget Liverpool country. Sad how it played out in the end
— Ghalib #YNWA (@ghalibtaimur) April 16, 2020
Always liked Sakho man he played with his heart even if he ran like bambi on ice.
— N (@Lpostcode) April 15, 2020
This guy was a machine??
— Joel?? (@4_vandijk) April 15, 2020
Even after wgat happened and how he left he still talks well of us, a class act
— M A T T H E W (@4motionplays) April 15, 2020
He was actually a very good defender in time when it was an utter shambles. It was unfortunate about the way he left
— ???? (@_TheAlpacalypse) April 16, 2020
Liverpool fans, what did you make of Sakho during his time at Anfield? How do you feel about his comments on snubbing other clubs to join the Reds? Have your say by commenting below!