On this day in 1990 Liverpool cult-hero Mamadou Sakho was born.
Signed from Paris Saint Germain in 2013, Sakho settled into life quickly on Merseyside, replacing Daniel Agger and partnering Martin Skrtel in the Liverpool defence that challenged for the league in the Frenchman’s debut season (2013/14). After a significantly less fruitful 2014/15 campaign for the Reds, Mama continued to endear himself to a significant amount of the Anfield faithful.
Sakho’s achievements at Liverpool culminated in a magical week in April, seeing him play a part in two of Liverpool’s most historic nights in Anfield history. First off the French centre back scored the equaliser in the 4-3 Europa League quarter final comeback against Borussia Dortmund. Less than one week later he scored in a 4-0 mauling of Everton, capping off one of the most memorable weeks in Liverpool’s history.
Sakho’s Liverpool career took a turn for the worse on their 2016 pre-season tour, alienating himself from Klopp resulting in his demotion to the under 23’s. After a 6 month stint playing for the Reds second string team Sakho was sent on loan to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace. Whether or not Sakho will return to the Reds in the summer or move away permanently remains to be seen, although Mama has left quite an impression at Liverpool regardless.