Liverpool legend runs the rule on Mamadou Sakho
John Aldridge is impressed with Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho has benefited from Liverpool’s switch to a back three, according to Reds legend John Aldridge.
The France international has been a mainstay of Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up alongside Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in the Liverpool defence.
Sakho, who moved to Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, has helped Liverpool notch up a seven-match unbeaten run over the past month or so, including four clean sheets.
Former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes Sakho has made improvements over the past couple of months after a shaky start to his Reds career.
“Mamadou Sakho has really benefited from the switch by Brendan Rodgers to a three-man defence,” Aldridge wrote in Liverpool Echo.
“It allows all three of the centre-backs to be more comfortable.
“There is less panic. Emre Can slows things down when possible, and that confidence is rubbing off on Simon Mignolet who is doing well.
“Sakho, like too many of our defenders, was a bit of a liability when in a four-man defence.
“He can still have the odd lapse of concentration and will normally do at least one odd thing during a game, but that is becoming less and less.”
Sakho helped Liverpool ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
The former Paris Saint-Germain defender was sidelined for the best part of three months after the powerful centre-half picked up a thigh injury in late September.
Sakho has scored one goal in 29 appearances in all competitions following his £20m move to Liverpool from the Ligue 1 champions in 2013.