Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand is at odds with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher over the ability of Crystal Palace’s latest signing Mamadou Sakho, which probably won’t come as a surprise to most.
There has been plenty said about Sakho by both the press and supporters during the last 24 hours, a lot of it has been extremely positive whilst a small but very vocal minority have expressed serious reservations about the Frenchman’s true class.
From my perspective, it feels far more reasonable to side with Rio Ferdinand rather than Carragher in this particular debate, if only because of the illustrious career the 26-year-old has enjoyed up until now. Having won everything there was to win in France whilst also becoming PSG’s youngest ever first-team captain, the big man departed for Merseyside, going onto achieve cult hero status and prompt many supporters into seriously questioning Klopp’s wisdom in letting him leave.
Indeed, there is a strong chance that Jamie Carragher’s particular reservations over Sakho have been born out of a personal clash of characters and ideologies rather than a pure judgement based on footballing ability but if that is the case, it will be Liverpool who suffer in the long run, not us.
The Frenchman’s potential involvement in what is undoubtedly a huge game against Sunderland this Saturday is still in the hands of manager Sam Allardyce but for now, opinion over Sakho’s true quality remains definitively split amongst the game’s experts. I wonder what Mamadou thinks of Jamie’s comments.