Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho relishing Christmas schedule

Liverpool Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho insists he is excited at the prospect of getting a lot of game time under his belt over the busy Christmas period.

Sakho has been watching on from the sidelines in recent weeks after being ruled out of action with a knee injury.

The French centre-back is yet to be on the losing side in nine games this season and his absence has recently seen the Liverpool, who are priced at 2.10 to finish in the top-four, slip up.

Dejan Lovren was called in to replace the 25-year-old but the former Southampton man subsequently picked up an injury in the draw with West Brom on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp is set to call on Sakho to come back into the starting lineup for the next outing against newly promoted Watford on Sunday.

Sakho insists he is excited to be back in the fold and admitted he enjoys playing so many matches over Christmas.
He said: “In most countries football stops around Christmas. Here in England it is the opposite.

“I think it’s one of the reasons why the Premier League is so attractive. It’s great for the fans. The day after Christmas dinner they can sit down to watch the games and eat the leftovers. That is very enjoyable, particularly if they see us winning.”

The former Paris Saint-Germain man also revealed that he loves the city of Liverpool and has enjoyed settling into his surroundings since joining in 2013.

Sakho added: “When I moved here I wanted to make a real effort to be involved in the community. Doing so helps you to understand the history of the city and the club.

“I had the same approach when I was in Paris. Now I’m a Scouser and I will give everything for the Scouse nation!”

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