Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho says he felt like a “caged lion” when he was overlooked for selection by Brendan Rodgers.
French worldwide Sakho, who was re-called into Les Bleus’ squad last week after being excluded from it last month, didn’t start a single match this season prior to the Europa League game against Bordeaux a few weeks ago.
Gerrard, 35, now playing his football in MLS with LA Galaxy, spent his entire career committed to the Liverpool cause and current central defender Mamadou Sakho has revealed how even now Stevie G is helping him become a better player at Anfield.
Sakho also revealed that retired Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has continued to support him since leaving the club.
It represents a big turnaround from his previous situation, both a year ago and the start of this campaign, when Rodgers – who has now left the club – opted to play Dejan Lovren instead.
On his congratulations from Gerrard, he told L’Equipe: “Steven is an example”.
Sakho was, however, recalled for the Europa League game at Bordeaux on September 17, when he captained the side, and has featured in four matches since then.
Sakho and Gerrard visibly had quite a good relationship, with the pair often pictured on social media sites travelling to different areas and countries to undergo charity work. “And when you open the door, he charges”, he said, reported in the Mirror.
“He sent me a text to congratulate me saying: ‘continue to fight like that, I’m proud of you.’ It’s always nice to get a message like that from such a great player”.