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Reds announce Sakho signing

2nd Sep 2013 - Latest News


Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of French international defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain.




The 23-year-old put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the Reds at Melwood after successfully passing a medical at the club's training complex.


After completing his move, Sakho told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm delighted to be here. I'd like to thank everyone for the welcome.


"I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I'm really looking forward to playing my first game."


Sakho is capable of playing in central defence or at left-back and has made 14 appearances for his country since an international debut against England in November 2010.


After progressing through the French giants' youth academy, the defender made his debut for PSG in 2007 and played a total of 201 games for the capital club.


During more than six years in the first team there, he collected three major trophies - the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue - and was named the country's young player of the year at the end of 2010-11.


"I'm really looking forward to cracking on with work and I can't wait to get on the pitch," continued Sakho.


"I know the Liverpool fans are fantastic and while I was in France, it was clear for me to see they are amongst the best in England."


Sakho becomes the Reds' seventh signing of the summer transfer window, joining Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Aly Cissokho, Tiago Ilori, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure in Brendan Rodgers' squad.



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'My aim is Champions League football'

2nd Sep 2013 - Latest News

Liverpool's new signing Mamadou Sakho has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League for the Reds – and his determination to help write a new, successful chapter in the club's history.

Sakho watched the Reds in Europe from afar growing up in Paris, and their famous triumph of 2005 in Istanbul is an event that will live long in his memory.

"My aim while I am here is to play in the Champions League with Liverpool," he told Liverpoolfc.com. "I remember their teams when they were in the competition when I was younger.

"The Champions League is a tournament that all the great clubs in Europe participate in and that's where we need to get to.

"With the team we have, and the means put at the disposal of the players, the technical support and the whole club and its supporters are in a good position to get there. This is our objective.

"With regards to the history of Liverpool, the thing that struck me most was the victory in the Champions League final when I was very young. I don't remember how old I was but I was very young and I remember this fantastic event, which always impressed me.

"I hope to create a new piece of history with our supporters at Anfield."

Sakho's arrival at Anfield adds to the competition for places at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

And while the 23-year-old already has bags of experience that belie his tender years - he's not fazed by competing with older, more established centre-backs for a place in Brendan Rodgers' side.

"In a large club, having competition is something you expect," said Sakho. "To get the best out of any player, you need to have competition.

"Competition doesn't give me any worries. Competition makes the team grow and makes the club grow because that's the objective and the goal of everyone here.

"I've been at Melwood for a day and it's very good. The training areas are impressive and everything is in place for the players to keep in top condition.

"Everything is adapted for professional sports-people and it really gives a good image of a club like Liverpool."


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Si FootMercato le dit, c'est que ça doit être vrai ! :mrgreen:

lol :mrgreen:

Si il va être titulaire bientôt? Ca ne va dépendre que de lui selon moi ! Si il a le niveau on va le savoir très vite !!

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Mamadou Sakho: The story so far

2nd Sep 2013 - Latest News

Want to know more about Liverpool's new signing Mamadou Sakho? Read our profile of the French defender's impressive career for club and country so far…

Mamadou Sakho increased the competition for places in Liverpool's defence when the Frenchman sealed a move to Anfield during the final days of the 2013 summer transfer window.

Born and raised in Paris, the versatile defender - he can play both centrally and at left-back - possesses outstanding pace and aerial power and is extremely comfortable with carrying the ball out to prompt attacks.

Sakho's football odyssey started among the youth teams of local outfit Paris FC before traditional contenders Paris Saint- Germain brought the youngster to their academy in 2002 and began to mould him into the towering stopper we see today.

After showcasing early signs of his potential with a succession of honours at that level, the left-footer was handed a surprise senior debut in a Europa League tie at AEK Athens in February 2007; he played 85 minutes in a 2-0 victory and earned one more appearance that season.

A whirlwind period of progress followed. Sakho put pen to paper on his first professional contract that summer, made his league debut for PSG and was handed the captain's armband - becoming the youngest skipper in club and Ligue 1 history.

By the end of the campaign, Mamadou had collected the first major honour of his career by completing the full 90 minutes in PSG's 2008 Coupe de la Ligue final triumph over Lens.

The following campaign was a season in which Sakho established himself as a mainstay of the Paris Saint-Germain set-up despite his tender years, making 34 appearances in all competitions and gaining a wealth of experience on the European stage.

A first career goal arrived in February 2009 too, when the man who picked up the nickname 'Kirikou' from PSG supporters added his name to the scoresheet in a domestic encounter with Saint-Etienne.

Mamadou missed just nine Ligue 1 fixtures during the two years that followed, with his agility, composure and dominating physique impressing observers in France and interested parties from further afield.

He also needed to extend his trophy cabinet after playing the whole 120 minutes of the final as PSG edged Monaco 1-0 in extra time to lift the 2010 Coupe de France.

Having represented Les Bleus with aplomb at every youth level from U16s upwards, the defender received full international recognition in November 2010 when he played the second half of France's friendly victory against England at Wembley and crossed paths with Reds captain Steven Gerrard.

The 23-year-old has since racked up 14 appearances for his country, including four matches in a tough qualifying section for the 2014 World Cup next summer which also includes reigning champions Spain.

PSG climbed to fourth in the 2010-11 Ligue 1 standings but surrendered their domestic cup title with a 1-0 showpiece turnover at the hands of Lille. Consolation came for Sakho, however, in the form of France's young player of the year accolade.

Injury disrupted the centre-back's opening to the 2011-12 campaign and his previously guaranteed berth in the line-up was threatened by the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as boss and massive investment from the capital club's new owners.

But the determined Sakho responded and was selected for 27 league matches last season, contributing two goals, as PSG raced to the Ligue 1 championship by 12 clear points. They conceded just 23 goals in 38 fixtures.

The Frenchman stepped up to the Champions League in 2012-13 too, featuring three times in Europe. PSG's unstoppable drive to strengthen their squad, though, meant speculation surrounded Sakho's future during the summer of 2013.

With Brendan Rodgers keen on defensive reinforcements before the transfer window closed, the Northern Irishman made his move for Sakho and the 23-year-old signed on the dotted line at Melwood on September 2, 2013.


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Vous le voyez titulaire à court terme Mamad' ?

Sur Footmercato ils le mettent carrement à la place d'Agger avec Skrtel en charnière centrale lol.

Je le vois bien prendre la place de Kolo en douceur au cour de la saison, mais bien sur il lui faudra prouver ses qualités car il part avec un peu de retard donc rien n'est fait.

En tout cas super recrue :lfcfan: :lfcfan:

:bienvenue: Mamadou et fais péter !!!

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J'ai peur en fait que Rodgers le cale sur un côté ou alors passe à une défense à 3 si jamais Skrtel part pas.

Je ne pense pas qu'il y'ait du soucis à se faire. Il a été recruté pour jouer dans l'axe et c'est qu'on peut comprendre en lisant les différents articles.

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Je ne le voit pas passer devant Agger dans la hiérarchie des DCG, mais d'un autre cotés, je ne le vois pas venir sans avoir l'assurance d'un minimum de temps de jeu.

Donc dans un premier temps, je pense que BR va tenter une charnière avec nos deux gauchers: Agger-Sakho, par contre si ca ne fonctionne pas, je pense que Sakho risque de faire banquette ici aussi.

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Moi je vois bien une défense à 3 ^^

Avec nos latéraux qui montes beaucoup et qui sont pas mauvais offensivement, c'est possible. Mais je ne sais pas si ce changement tactique serait vraiment judicieux alors que l'on marche plutot bien pour le moment.

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