Date: 17th April 2020 at 7:30am
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Mamadou Sakho was a much-loved figure on Merseyside.

The centre-half, who had arrived from his boyhood club Paris Saint-Germain, appeared 80 times for us scoring just three times over the course of four years.

Of course, this may seem a small number of games over that timeframe. Had it not been for injuries, it could have been a different story for the Frenchman.

During his absence, this paved the way for teammate Dejan Lovren to have a run in the team and is still at the club to this day. But for me, this was one of the few mistakes that manager Jurgen Klopp has made since he was appointed in 2015.

Was Mamadou Sakho a success at Liverpool?

Yes

Yes

No

No

The 30-year-old recently told a French Magazine that we were one of the clubs of his dreams with a great history, and had no regrets about turning down the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich to make the move to Merseyside.

Unfortunately, his story did not end in a fairy as he joined Crystal Palace for £26m in 2017. Granted his professionalism did come into question after an alleged doping violation, which he is currently carrying out legal proceedings.

As far as talent and ability goes, he performed at the same level, if not better, than his teammate Lovren, having played far fewer games. During the 2014/15 campaign, he averaged 1.9 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and had a pass success rate of 89.5% from 15 starts. Lovren was prone to making defensive errors and averaged two tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 85.2% passing accuracy from 22 starts.

To this day, Lovren continues to be a liability whereas Sakho is now a regular first-team starter for the Eagles, who the Selhurst Park faithful have fully embraced. For me, this shows that Klopp made an error in letting Sakho go instead of the Croatian.

Despite doing many things right during his time in the hot seat, this is one of the few occasions where he got the decision wrong.