Liverpool transfers: Mamadou Sakho wants to help Reds break top four
Liverpool transfers: Mamadou Sakho says he wants the Reds to finish in the top four after joining from Paris Saint-Germain
Mamadou Sakho says he wants to help Liverpool seal a return to the Champions League after completing a reported £18m move from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 23-year-old, who has 14 France caps, can play at centre-half or left-back and was a vital part of PSG’s side which won the Ligue 1 title under Carlo Ancelotti last season.
Sakho scored once in 27 appearances throughout the title-winning campaign, whilst the French defender also helped the club concede just 23 top-flight goals.
“I’m delighted to be here. I’d like to thank everyone for the welcome,” Sakho told Liverpool’s website.
“I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game.”
He continued: “I’m really looking forward to cracking on with work and I can’t wait to get on the pitch.
“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.”
Having walked away from the chance to play in Europe’s top tier this season, Sakho has already set his sights on helping his new club qualify for the Champions League.
“My aim while I am here is to play in the Champions League with Liverpool,” he added. “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.”