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Jamie Carragher Gives Glowing Report On Liverpool’s New Defensive Star

Frenchman has still to make his Reds debut following arrival from PSG.

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has given his full backing to recent new Reds signing Mamadou Sakho, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

The highly-rated France international joined the Merseyside giants on transfer deadline day from mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, with the imposing centre-half moving to Anfield on a four-year deal for a fee of just £15m.

And the one-time Liverpool central defender has now revealed that he actually played alongside Sakho in defence for the Merseysiders in a charity match in Corsica last year organised by ex-Reds head coach Gerard Houllier, with Carragher giving a glowing report on the club’s new man.

“I played alongside Sakho,” Carragher told the Liverpool Echo. “How did it go? Well we won 2-1! I talked him through it and he was fine.

“I remember on the flight home, Gerard Houllier 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.

“He wasn’t even his player, yet he was trying to improve him. He later said to me, ‘he’s going to be a player, him’.”

The 23-year-old arrives at Anfield with a big reputation from his time spent in Ligue 1, with Sakho having represented big-spending PSG for the past seven seasons, during which time the Frenchman managed to score seven goals for the Parisians in total in his 196 appearances for the club, all of which came in the league. He joins Kolo Toure and Tiago Ilori as new additions brought in at the back by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Meanwhile with les Bleus, Sakho has been capped on 14 occasions since making his international debut for his country in a friendly against England back in November 2010.

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