Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho says that he “fights every day” to get in Brendan Rodgers’ side after signing a new five-year contract.
The French international is yet to start a Premier League game this season but claims he is still “very happy” at the club, despite consternation in his homeland about him committing to Liverpool ahead of Euro 2016.
“I feel very good at Liverpool. The coach has a group of 25 players, almost all internationals, he must make choices and we must respect them,” he told L’Equipe.
“But I am very happy in this club, in this city, with these supporters. Every morning I am happy to go to training. This club has a great project and I intend to join in. Today, with my extension, I think everyone is happy: The club, me, the fans.”
Asked why he had fallen behind Dejan Lovren in the pecking order, Sakho said: “You must ask the coach. I’m ready. When he calls me, I do my job. Everything is going very well. It’s just that there is a fairly large squad…I feel like a Red and accept the decisions of my coach.
He admitted he was worried about his international place, saying: “I work to achieve the collective goals of the club but also my individual goals. The Euros is one. I have to give everything to have the most possible game time with Liverpool. I fight every day for that.”