Jamie Carragher on his centre-back partnership with Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho
No, Jamie Carragher’s not out of retirement.
But the Liverpool great has been talking about the time he partnered the Reds’ new signing Mamadou Sakho in defence.
The pair was teamed up during a charity match in Corsica 18 months ago, so he has seen the former PSG man at close quarters.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I played alongside Sakho.
“How did it go? Well we won 2-1! I talked him through it and he was fine.
“But I remember on the flight home Gerard [Houllier, former Liverpool manager] having a really good word with him, even though he wasn’t his manager, saying what he needed to do to improve.
“I thought that was typical Gerard, always attention to detail!
“It wasn’t even his player and he was trying to improve him. He later said to me, ‘He’s going to be a player, him’.”
Based on what he saw that night and what he’s seen of Sakho since, Carragher thinks he can be a success at Anfield.
He continued: “He’s at a great age, physically he’s ready for the Premier League, it will just be interesting to see where the manager brings him in.
“He’s left-sided and there’s competition for places everywhere now.
“Cissokho’s been brought in to put pressure on Enrique, Skrtel’s done really well in the Manchester United game, while Toure’s been a revelation. In the first three games he was superb so we’ll be looking to get him back against Swansea.
“Competition’s what you want, but of course you don’t want your best players on the bench. I think the manager just has to juggle it round a little bit now and use the best two.”