Liverpool cult hero Mamadou Sakho says he is raring to go ahead of the imminent Christmas fixtures, having recovered from a knee injury.
The French centre-back has been a big miss in recent weeks, despite Dejan Lovren‘s improved form, and Liverpool are yet to lose in the nine games he’s played 90 minutes this season.
Sakho cannot wait to get back into action – Lovren’s injury against West Brom has coincided with Sakho returning to fitness – and he feels the Christmas schedule in England is like nothing else around the world.
“In most countries football stops around Christmas. Here in England it is the opposite,” he said.
“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.”
Sakho has established himself as arguably Liverpool’s most popular player with the fans, and clearly ‘gets’ the city and everything that comes with being a Red.
The 25-year-old says it was a mission of his to get to know people in and around the club, and spoke of his pride at captaining Liverpool against Bordeaux earlier this season.
“Wearing the armband for the first time meant a lot to me because of the great history of this club and the legendary captains who have been here,” he continued.
“But my approach is always the same. Whether I have an armband or not, I always give everything for the team and the club.
“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!”
Sakho’s form was exemplary in the lead-up to his injury, with many hailing him as one of the Premier League‘s most formidable defenders.
His likely return against Watford on Sunday will put a huge grin on the faces of the travelling fans at Vicarage Road, and should make Liverpool far more resolute in the process.