Sakho says he has the qualities at the back.
It has been a tough start to the 2014/15 season for Liverpool and their defence in particular has been poor as too many goals have been leaked.
However, Mamadou Sakho appears to be putting himself forward as the answer to his team’s problems, claiming he has strong leadership skills and that he is improving all the time.
“For me it [leadership] comes naturally,” Sakho was quoted by the Mirror.
“There are different kinds of leaders technical leaders, dressing room leaders, psychological leaders.
“I’d rather keep my personal objectives to myself so people don’t think I’m too pretentious. But I am a very ambitious person. I have set personal objectives. The team has set some too and they are quite similar.
“I am still in my learning phase. Little by little I’ll start to open up even more because when you don’t speak a language well enough, it’s difficult to show your character, it’s difficult to communicate.
“But it will come, little by little.”
Sakho has been limited to just five appearances this term due to injuries and Brendan Rodgers preferring Martin Skrtel and new £20m signing Dejan Lovren as his central defensive partnership.
Yet Lovren in particular has failed to impress and there is every chance that the France international will be drafted back in soon, after the Merseysiders lost again at the weekend – this time to Chelsea.
Sakho was signed by Rodgers in the summer of 2013 from Paris Saint-Germain for £18m, but is yet to truly establish himself at Anfield.