Mamadou Sakho believes he can lead Liverpool defence

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Mamadou Sakho believes that he can be the man to lead Liverpool's defence when he returns from injury.

The defender has been missing for the Reds' last 10 matches with a thigh strain he picked up in training in September.

After a frustrating spell on the side-lines, the French international has now almost recovered to full-fitness and hopes to make Brendan Rodgers' squad to play Crystal Palace in just under two weeks time.

If he is given the nod, Sakho feels that he is capable to become a Sheppard in the Liverpool back-four and give aid to a side who are giving away far too many soft goals.

“For me it (leadership) comes naturally," the 24-year-old told the Liverpool Echo. "There are different kinds of leaders technical leaders, dressing room leaders, psychological leaders."

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Sakho added: “I’d rather keep my personal objectives to myself so people don’t think I’m too pretentious. But I am a very ambitious person, I have set personal objectives, the team has set some too and they are quite similar.”

“I am still in my learning phase. Little by little I’ll start to open up even more because when you don’t speak a language well enough, it’s difficult to show your character; it’s difficult to communicate.

“But it will come, little by little. I’ve improved my English. I understand a lot better, especially the local Scouse accent. I’m still working."

Right-man for the job

Sakho arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2013, however hasn't had the smoothest of times on Merseyside.

Last season, he made just 19 appearances and didn't always look comfortable when playing at centre-back and was on the end of some high-profile mistakes.

However, it was only his first season at the club and when he did feature, it was with a different central partner each week and the former PSG man couldn't form a solid partnership with anyone.

Liverpool need a leader

For both PSG and when representing France, the centre-back looks a completely different player. During this year's World Cup, Sakho looked much more confident when challenging for the ball and when he had the ball at his feet and did display he could find his best form at Liverpool.

Liverpool badly need a leader at the back. The pairing of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren have been well under-par so far this campaign and been at fault for goals countless times.

Jamie Carragher previously took the helm in the defence and his voice could be heard from Row Z, however since his retirement, nobody has been willing to take his former role on.

Last term, the Reds conceded 50 goals in the Premier League goals, a tally that dwarfed their rivals' and could have potentially lost them the title if they'd have finished level points with eventual champions, Manchester City.

Sakho's confidence of leading the Reds' back four which is half the battle to stopping silly goals leaking in on Merseyside.

Of course, he has top match his self-belief by performing on the pitch, but his positiveness will immediately have an optimistic effect on his team-mates.

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