Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho reveals that he is happy to have left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer
Quoted on Sky Sports, the player said: "I had to quit Paris to get back in the France squad.
"Being picked again proves many things. That I still have that level. Most of all that I didn't leave to join a big club because of the competition (at PSG). At Liverpool there are also very good players in my position, but the competition is clean."
The signing of the Frenchman was described by Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre as the "marquee signing" of the summer.
Yet Sakho struggled to remain muted about his former club, saying: "At Paris it had become complicated. I don't want to break sugar on anyone's back. I could say many things about certain directors at Paris but there's no point."
The player may have been referring to Leonardo, PSG's controversial director of football, who left the french side in the summer.
Since joining the Anfield side, the player has started all four of the games that he has appeared in, repaying the faith that was clearly shown when originally around £13m investing in him.
Manager Brendan Rodgers now has a wealth of defensive options to choose from, including Sakho, Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel.
The player therefore knows that he needs to maintain high levels of performance to find a place in Liverpool's crowded starting XI.
Sakho will be happy - with the 2014 World Cup looming - to get back into the international set-up. His performances for Liverpool will go some way to determining whether the player makes it to Brazil.
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