Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho is delighted his excellent contributions at club level under Jurgen Klopp have got him back as a starter for the national team ahead of Euro 2016, the Echo reports.
Sakho’s been called up again by Didier Deschamps, but was left out at the start of the season because Brendan Rodgers had demoted him to the Liverpool bench behind Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren.
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The 26-year-old is delighted to have won a spot back, and has claimed Klopp’s influence has played its part.
“Yes, it’s nice to be in the selection,” he said.
“With the coach at Liverpool (Jurgen Klopp), it goes differently for me.
“He’s very human, super close to his players and all the members of the club. He is very kind.
“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.”
When asked if during his time on the sidelines Sakho considered handing in a transfer request, the likeable defender was adamant he remained committed to our cause.
“Honestly not,” he continued.
“I always felt good in Liverpool. When I was in France, I didn’t gauge the real impact of this club’s history. Once I set foot inside, it’s fabulous. There’s a healthy atmosphere. The team is young and talented.
“Honestly, I really like this city, these fans and with this magnificent stadium. I am someone who likes stability, it suits me perfectly.”
Sakho is developing an excellent central defensive partnership with Lovren at the back, and his performances have increased alongside the Croat and not Skrtel – his more regular partner since he arrived at the club in 2013.
Skrtel came on and played a large part in Liverpool throwing away a two goal lead at the weekend, which will surely prove to Klopp that he needs to relegate the long-serving Slovakian to the bench for the foreseeable.