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Liverpool's Cissokho enjoying wing-back role

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Cissokho is on loan at Liverpool from Valencia (©GettyImages)
Cissokho is on loan at Liverpool from Valencia (©GettyImages).

On-loan defender Aly Cissokho is revelling in the unconventional wing-back role given to him by Brendan Rodgers, and spoke of his joy at returning to football after injury.

Cissokho started the season as second-choice left-back behind Jose Enrique, but an injury to the Spaniard has seen the Frenchman fill in for him more than adequately, having been given a more advanced role thanks to Rodgers' unique 3-5-2 formation.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, he said: "It's a role I like a lot, I can get up the field a lot, whilst remaining safe in terms of the three behind me. We have three defenders in line as a flat back line, which gives me a lot of freedom.

"My natural position is a left-sided defender, so this freedom allows me to give everything I can to the team."

Cissokho himself was injured in the Capital One Cup clash with Notts County back in August, which the Reds won 4-2 after extra time, having originally blown a 2-0 lead to the League One strugglers. 

Whilst he admitted he was not yet 100% fit, he extended his thanks to boss Rodgers for giving him game time. 

"I've done everything I can to recover as best and as quickly as I can, and I'm glad to get a couple of matches under my belt thanks to the manager.

"The injury was very painful and it took all my energy to recover from the injury itself first, then to get back to form in terms of cardio and physical work.

"It's getting better a little at a time. I have some more cardio work to do but that's not too tough. It takes a big physical effort, but the manager demands a lot of effort in these areas among the defenders."

A huge test awaits Cissokho and Rodgers as Liverpool's next league game is an evening kick-off away at Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners sit top of the league nine games into the season, two points above the Reds.

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