Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologized after leaving Anfield before the start of Liverpool’s match against Everton this weekend.
Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel were chosen ahead of Sakho for Brendan Rodger’s defense, and pictures were taken of Sakho leaving the stadium before kickoff.
Sakho took to Twitter to apologize to the club and supporters, who saw their side tie Everton 1-1.
I really want to apologise to the club, the supporters and every person who felt offended when I left the stadium this afternoon.— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho3) September 27, 2014
After coming to Liverpool from Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, Sakho has competed for a starting position on the backline. With the offseason acquisition of Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Sakho has seen more time on the bench. With this recent incident, it will be interesting to see if Brendan Rodgers punishes the young Frenchman.
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After a summer spending spree, Liverpool have gotten off to a slow start to their Premier League campaign, currently sitting in 13th place with seven points in six matches. Former Reds legend Jamie Carragher was critical of the team’s defense, including Sakho.
“I know it’s early days but, when you have spent £38m on defenders like Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, you don’t want to be hearing about settling in. You want instant results but Liverpool are shipping goals.
Lovren was brought in to add leadership at the back but Liverpool actually look worse defensively than they did last season. Sakho doesn’t fill you with confidence when you watch him and nor does the goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet. They need to step it up urgently.”
Still early on in the season, criticism from a player of Carragher’s stature may be what the team needs. The Liverpool defense has only kept one clean sheet in the Premier League, and will look to earn six points in their upcoming matches against West Brom and QPR.