Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has revealed he is straining to find peak fitness following his switch from Paris-Saint Germain last month, reports IBTimes.co.uk.
The centre-back arrived at Anfield alongside a collection of other defensive reinforcements in Tiago Ilori, Aly Cissokho and Kolo Touré last summer, but has found it tough to endure a full 90 minutes since his move from Paris.
Sakho was subbed off after an hour in his last two Premier League appearances and pinned his struggles down to the differing physical demands between the English and French top-flights.
"I'm not yet at 100 per cent, I'm progressing with each match that we have," the ex-PSG man said, speaking to Liverpool's official website.
"I work every day at training sessions to progress and to achieve the highest level. It's logical that I would improve.
"When you arrive in a country you don't know, you have to learn quickly about the differences in the game and have to get on and adapt yourself to the qualities of your team-mates."
The 22-year-old, who joined Liverpool for £15m, faces stiff competition from fellow stoppers Martin Skrtel, Kolo Touré and Daniel Agger for a starting role in the centre of Brendan Rodgers' defence.
Despite all three aforementioned players boasting formidable aerial qualities, the Reds manager is concerned by his side's lack of awareness at set-pieces, having shipped four of their last six goals from dead-ball situations.
"It's something that we need to address, for sure.
"We have to be more aggressive and more switched on. It's concentration," conceded Rodgers.
Luckily for the former Swansea manager, a fully-fit Sakho should be able to tighten up his side's leaky defence.
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