€19m Liverpool signing 'a little surprised' at fee

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New Liverpool recruit Mamadou Sakho has admitted he was surprised the Reds paid so much for him during the summer transfer window.

Speaking to Le Parisien, the Frenchman said the €19m fee "surprised him a little" but he's already well on the way to settling into life on Merseyside.

Sakho has made a good start to his Liverpool career - the club sit second in the Premier League table and the centre-back has already made four appearances.

He was one of the most highly-rated young players in France when he first broke into the PSG first-team, and became the youngest captain in Ligue 1 history when he was handed the armband in 2007 aged 17.

But, following the Qatari takeover in Paris, Sakho found first-team opportunities limited and with his contract running down he was allowed to leave for Anfield for a reported €19m.

"This figure surprised me a little," Sakho told Le Parisien. "But you know, I am a believer. There is a destiny that awaits me and I have always been serious about my work, I have to come out on top."

The likes of AC Milan and Napoli were also thought to be interested in the France international, but he opted for Liverpool and revealed he's settling in nicely.

"I have just found a home in the suburbs of Liverpool, not far from Steven Gerrard. I take English classes.

"As for football, it is not played in the same way [as Ligue 1]. I am learning and I listen to the coach [Brendan Rodgers]. It's funny, he calls me 'Killer!'"

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