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Sakho: Suarez as good as Zlatan

Mamadou Sakho has said Luis Suarez is on a par with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and that he hopes to win trophies at Liverpool.

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Sakho, 23, won the Ligue 1 title alongside Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain last season before joining Liverpool on a four-year deal in the summer.

Having now also seen Suarez at close quarters, the France international told Gentside Sport he had changed his opinion of the Uruguayan, and compared him favourably to his former PSG teammate.

He said: "Luis Suarez is in the same category as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He's among the top five strikers in the world right now. They have different qualities, but they are both machines.

"Luis Suarez is also a cool guy. He likes to joke around in the dressing room. He even tries to speak French sometimes with his funny accent. He's a good guy, contrary to the image he has. I also thought that when I arrived, but I soon understood that he was someone who's prepared to do everything to win, but he's a good person."

After a slow start to his Anfield career, Sakho has earned himself a place in Brendan Rodgers' starting lineup, and after missing his club's last two matches with a hamstring injury, is expected to return for Sunday's encounter with Stoke City.

Though born in Paris and having emerged from the PSG youth academy to captain the first team, the centre-back insisted he was not missing his hometown or its club with the Liverpool fans having already taken him into their hearts.

"The people of Liverpool are really nice. And the stadium is iconic. I'm someone who has a lot of values and principles, so to come to such a family club is something beautiful for me," he said. "For the moment, I feel very good at Liverpool. I've signed for four years. I'm going to try and write my page in Liverpool's history. I hope that in the years to come, we're going to win trophies so as to leave our mark.

"The difficulties of adaptation are normal. I've changed teammates, language, everything is a little more tricky. But everything has been logical. We have a squad with four international centre-backs. Each gets his playing time. Sometimes not playing does not necessarily mean you haven't established yourself. As long as its healthy competition."


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