Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho felt like a ‘caged lion’ when overlooked by

The centre back was named captain of a second-string in their European opener, but recently came back into Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice 11 as part of a back three with Martin Skrtel and Emre Can.


Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, Sakho admits he felt like “a caged lion” during his time out of the Liverpool squad.

It’s clear that Gerrard is still keen to keep in touch with those at the club, but it is an indication of the high regard that he holds the Frenchman in, whose importance to the Liverpool cause has grown since that appearance – having started every league game since. His Man of the Match performance has seen him selected automatically ever since, and although we’ve only won once, we’ve not lost with Sakho in the side yet this term.

“Steven is an example”.

“He often sends me little text messages like after my first match of the season in Bordeaux, [when I was] wearing the captain’s armband”, he said.

‘It’s always nice to receive such a message from a great player.’

The France worldwide fell out of favour with former Anfield coach Brendan Rodgers after departing the stadium early ahead of the Merseyside derby with Everton in September 2014.

Gerrard departed the club in the summer for MLS side LA Galaxy, meaning that Sakho is now one of the main leaders in the current Reds squad.

He likened himself to a “little caged lion” who had been unfed “for a while” during the “short period” that he wasn’t playing for Liverpool and said his eagerness to perform was similar to the fact that lions charge when you open their cage doors.


The 25-year-old also said his team-mates have been teaching him Scouse since he moved to the club in 2013. If I say “Sound lads” – do you know what that means?

'Let's say that during the short period when I was not playing I was like a little caged lion who has not fed for a while' Sakho said