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Klopp hails ´absolutely spectacular´ Sakho

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Oct 2015


Jurgen Klopp has lauded the “absolutely spectacular” performances of Mamadou Sakho and feels the centre-back deserves his status as a fan favourite at Anfield.

After a difficult start to the season under Brendan Rodgers, Sakho has established himself as a key member of Klopp’s starting XI in the early days of the German’s reign on Merseyside.

The France defender has always enjoyed a strong relationship with the Liverpool faithful following his move from Paris Saint-Germain in September 2013, and his name was sung loudly throughout Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Rubin Kazan at Anfield.

Sakho responded with a superb display – and a salute to the Kop at full-time – and his new manager has been impressed by the 25-year-old.

When asked why Sakho was out of favour under Rodgers, Klopp replied: “I can’t say anything about this. Maybe he was not fit or things like this. But I can understand why they shouted his name. Mama was really spectacular defending and good playing football [against Rubin].”

Daniel Sturridge missed Thursday’s match with a minor knee problem sustained in the lead up to Klopp’s first game in charge – last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Tottenham – and he remains a doubt for Sunday’s clash with Southampton.

Sturridge has endured an injury nightmare over the last 12 months, and Klopp says any top team would struggle without their frontline forward for a sustained period.

“There are two things in football make a difference, the way you play and the players,” the former Borussia Dortmund coach added.

“Sometimes you need this striker, of course you always need a finisher, someone for the last ball. [Christian] Benteke and [Roberto] Firmino were in three days of light training and because of our situation they were in the squad on Thursday.

“If you take [Lionel] Messi out of Barcelona for about a year, ask them how they feel? If you take [Sergio] Aguero for one year out of Man City, ask them how they feel? If you take [Robert] Lewandowski… things like this, that’s always the same in football.”



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