Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho eyes Champions League spot

Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho says he wants to help the Reds secure a return to Europe's premier club competition

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

Mamadou Sakho has set his sights on helping Liverpool seal a return to the Champions League.

The 23-year-old defender scored his first Reds goal in a 4-1 victory over West Ham United at Anfield on Saturday.

I’m working really hard to earn my place in the side, like every player

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho has struggled to cement a regular first-team place following his £16m move to Liverpool from Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day.

But the France international is relishing the battle to secure a spot in Brendan Rodgers’ line-up – and help Liverpool finish in the top four.

“I get on very well with all of them,” Sakho told Liverpool’s website. “They are all experienced players and so I can only learn from working alongside them. As a youngster I can benefit from their experience.

“There is competition, but the most important thing is that all the players make themselves ready and available for the group, help the team to grow and help Liverpool get back onto the European stage.

“That said, of course I’m working really hard to earn my place in the side, like every player. It’s been going well up to now.

“English football is different to the French league, it’s quicker and more physical. But I think the settling-in period is going pretty well and my teammates have been helping me a lot.”

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