Sakho never considered leaving Liverpool

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has said that he never considered leaving the club despite walking out of the Merseyside derby in September after losing his place in the team, reports the Guardian.

The Frenchman was omitted from the match day squad for the 1-1 draw, and left Anfield an hour before kick-off, which resulted in a reprimand from manager Brendan Rodgers. At the time, his long-term future at Liverpool appeared to be in doubt, but he has now regained his place in the side.

Referring back to the incident, he explained: “That was a bad moment for me, a difficult time. I felt bad but that is normal. I wanted to play, I want to play all the time and I was disappointed.

‘It is the same for all the players – we want to play for the red shirt and, in a big game, it is important for us. I think it was natural that I was disappointed because I want to play for this shirt and I am ready to fight for the club. I never doubted I would come back. I never thought to leave.’

Sakho has now started Liverpool’s previous 12 games in all competitions alongside Martin Skrtel and Emre Can, keeping expensive summer signing Dejan Lovren on the bench. It is arguably his best run of form since moving to Merseyside in the summer of 2013, despite helping them to second place in the Premier League last season.

The former Paris St. Germain defender has played a key role in Liverpool’s sharp upturn in form since December, which has seen them rise up to seventh in the table, and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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