Sakho apologises for leaving Anfield before derby

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has issued an apology after he left Anfield before Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton, BBC Sport has reported.

The Frenchman has made five appearances for the Reds so far this season, but found himself left out of the squad of 18 altogether on Saturday, with Martin Skrtel and summer signing Dejan Lovren fielded as the central defensive pairing by manager Brendan Rodgers.

The man who moved to Merseyside from Paris St. Germain for £18m last summer was then pictured leaving the stadium by a supporter, which prompted him to apologise via his Facebook page, writing: “I’m aware it was a bad choice from my part. I really want to apologise to the club, the supporters and every person who felt offended when I left the stadium this afternoon.”

Sakho’s teammates were the dominant force for much of the game itself, with Adam Lallana seeing a header saved by Tim Howard before they eventually took the lead through Steven Gerrard’s free-kick. However, despite not forcing Simon Mignolet into a serious save all afternoon, Everton snatched a point in stoppage time thanks to a stunning strike from Phil Jagielka.

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