Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers reacts to Mamadou Sakho’s shirt swap

Brendan Rodgers criticises Mamadou Sakho after the defender swapped shirts with Samuel Eto'o at half-time at Stamford Bridge

Brendan Rodgers has criticised Mamadou Sakho after the Liverpool defender swapped shirts with Samuel Eto’o at half-time during their 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.

The France international, who completed a £16m move from the Reds to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, exchanged shirts with the three-time Champions League winner at the break.

Well one, I didn’t know that [about the shirt swap], and two, thanks for telling me because I don’t like that

Brendan Rodgers

Eto’o, 32, had given the Blues a 34th-minute lead after Belgium international Eden Hazard had cancelled out Martin Skrtel’s early opener at Stamford Bridge.

And when the Liverpool boss was told about the incident in his post-match media conference, Rodgers said: “Well one, I didn’t know that [about the shirt swap], and two, thanks for telling me because I don’t like that.”

Despite suffering back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Manchester City, Rodgers praised his side following valiant losses to their title rivals.

“We couldn’t have had two tougher games against two greater squads,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.

“Our squad is very thin at the moment. Against Manchester City we were the best team and today, after taking the lead, we gave away a disappointing goal.

“The players have been outstanding. If one or two things had gone our way maybe the result would have been different.

“At the start of our season this squad was very thin anyway and we needed that bit of luck with nobody getting injured but up until four weeks ago that worked for us.

“We’ve shown when we’ve got everyone available we’ll be a match for anyone. If we get that wee bit of luck and have people fit then there’s no reason why we can’t be challenging [for the title].

“It’s such a tight league you can go from top to fifth. Nothing is won at the midway point. The most important thing for us is that we’re in the conversation this year.”

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