Mamadou Sakho – Contradicting the Laws of Motion
As Liverpool travel down to the south coast for a lunchtime kickoff this Sunday, we take a look back at the standout performance of French defender Mamadou Sakho, who’s masterclass helped ensure Europa League progression against great rivals, Manchester United.
In both the home and away legs of the last 16 Europa League tie against Manchester United, it was clear that Mamadou had been picking up all the praise. With the unbalanced nature of the French international, it comes as a disbelief to many fans the quality football he is capable of producing. Over the two legs, the ex-PSG man has been the heart of Liverpool’s back line, winning everything that has come his way. Through the experience Sakho has gained in his career, he was showing his capability of clearing his lines at the correct moments alongside making vital tackles and blocks protecting the vulnerable Simon Mignolet between the posts.
The standout moment of the ‘French scouser’s’ performance came in the second half at Old Trafford with a perfectly timed lunging tackle on Manchester United’s promising youngster Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old looked certain to score to revive The Red Devils, but was stopped in his tracks by the outstretched leg of Mamadou Sakho. This was not the only example of the defender’s dominance on the night, as he provided another vital block preventing Michael Carrick’s through ball from finding it’s way into Liverpool’s 18-yard box. The impressive Red showed leadership amongst the back four with his fully committed display, proving to new manager Klopp that he should have confidence in the unorthodox centre half.
Mamadou is certainly a fan favourite at Anfield with the love and passion he shows on and off the pitch. His playing style is certainly unique compared to other well-built defenders, but Joey Barton expertly sums up how effective the Frenchman really is:
“Mamadou Sakho is the most unorthodox, efficient, unbalanced, effective defender on the Planet.”
“Watching him is similar to viewing a clown spin plates. You are just waiting for them to smash on the floor. Yet, somehow he keeps it going.”
“Contradicts the laws of motion with every touch. The man is genius. A true one-off…”
When watching Sakho there will always be that uncertainty when he has the ball at his feet, but almost every time he proves us wrong through his dominant displays and crisp passing around the back four. The French international also shows great leadership on the pitch which is something that Liverpool have lacked since the departure of club legend Steven Gerrard. He as a player has evidently thrived under Klopp and it shows there’s even better things to come from Sakho in the future.