French centre-back Mamadou Sakho has been one of the first Liverpool players to speak out since Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday.
The powerhouse defender missed the start of the season, not selected by Rodgers until September 17th when he was recalled to the side for the Europa League tie with Bordeaux. His Man of the Match performance has seen him selected automatically ever since, and although we’ve only won once, we’ve not lost with Sakho in the side yet this term.
And the 25-year-old has revealed he struggled to deal with his time on the sidelines.
“Let’s say that during the short period when I was not playing, I was like a little caged lion who had not been fed for a while. And when you open the door, he charges,” he said, reported in the Mirror.
But Sakho recently signed a new bumper contract, and feels right at home on Merseyside, which is great to hear.
“They brought me a special dictionary just with Scouser words… If I say ‘Sound lads’ – do you know what that means? ‘Cool man’,” he continued, before admitting that he’s still speaking with Steven Gerrard, his former captain.
“Steven is an example. Also, he often sends me small text messages like after my first match of the season at Bordeaux, in the Europa League, with the captain armband.
“He texted me to congratulate me, he said: “Continue to fight like that, I’m proud of you.”
“It’s always nice to receive such a message from a great player.”
Sakho’s done well on the left side of Rodgers’ three man defence, but with Jurgen Klopp expected to take over by the end of the week (via BBC Sport), his future role could be in the middle of a back four.