John Aldridge: Why losing Liverpool star Mamadou Sakho is massive blow
Former Reds striker John Aldridge runs rule over Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho's injury setback
John Aldridge says losing Mamadou Sakho to a knee injury would be a massive blow to Liverpool.
The former Paris Saint-Germain centre-half injured his right knee after he landed awkward following a challenge with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie during the first half of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat.
What I thought was refreshing was the sight of Sakho trying to play on after he had treatment
Sakho was replaced by Dejan Lovren as the Reds suffered their first defeat under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the 48-year-old took over the Merseyside outfit last month.
Former Liverpool striker Aldridge heaped praise on Sakho for attempting to return to the pitch after his awkward fall before the Frenchman accepted the inevitable and was replaced.
“If Mamadou Sakho is ruled out for a long period it would be a massive blow for Liverpool,” Aldridge told Liverpool Echo.
“His recent form has been excellent and he’s become a real fans’ favourite. Let’s hope the scan results on his knee bring some positive news after he limped off against Palace.
“What I thought was refreshing was the sight of Sakho trying to play on after he had treatment. The fans were singing his name and you could see how much he wanted to get back on the field for them. In the end he had to admit defeat and come off.
“In modern day football a lot of players won’t even start a game unless they are 100% fit so I take my hat off to Sakho.
“The fact that he was able to play on for a bit hopefully suggests that it’s not too serious.”
Sakho withdrew from the France squad on Monday following his injury setback.
Sakho has been a mainstay of the Liverpool defence since Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers.
The France international defender moved to the five-time European champions in a £16m deal from PSG in the summer of 2013.