After leaving Mamadou Sakho out of the squad for Liverpool’s game against Everton at the end of September, the French defender did not start again for the Brendan Rodgers’ side until late December, causing reports of a rift to surface.
Now, however, Rodgers has decided to come out and deny such rumours to the press after Sakho put in a Man of the Match performance in a 2-0 home win against West Ham.
He had the following to say:
“It’s never a personal thing. You have to be honest with players and sometimes the modern player cannot deal with that but I think your behaviour and your actions will allow players to see that what you are doing is for the benefit of the team. This is how we play, this is how we work and if you can’t work this way, if you can’t be competitive or function then you won’t play.”
“I won’t disregard them. I think I’ve shown that millions of times. I am a developer and I want players to be the very best that they can be whether they’re 16 or whether they’re 32 or 33 and if they follow the philosophy and the methodology of how we work then they’ll improve.”
“In terms of Sakho, maybe he was frustrated with himself at times but he’s got a really strong mentality and that’s what you need, a team that’s hard to beat with mental toughness and he’s a tough boy.”