Mamadou Sakho has continued his Liverpool charm offensive, saying that he is now an adopted Scouser.
Sakho is currently sidelined after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace last month, but has returned to full training for Liverpool, who will now be without Dejan Lovren for around three weeks.
The Frenchman has endured a mixed season at Anfield, starting just four games under previous manager Brendan Rodgers as he struggled to tie down a permanent role in the Reds first team. However, since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival, Sakho started all six of Liverpool’s game up until his injury against Palace at the start of November.
Sakho has become a fan favourite at Liverpool, and has once more expressed his love for the club.
“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 said. “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!”
The 25-year-old added, on Liverpool’s busy Christmas fixture list: “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.”