Liverpool secured the services of two prominent Muslim defenders over the past week. Most recently, on transfer deadline day, they signed French defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain for a reported Â£18million. Earlier in the week, Liverpool obtained French defender Ally Cissokho on a season-long loan from Spanish club Valencia. However, Cissokho subsequently injured his ankle and will be out for six weeks. Cissokho joins another recently-acquired Muslim defender on the injury list, as Ivory Coast central defender Kolo Toure is also out for a couple of weeks after some impressive early play.
Sakho played 201 games for PSG, securing the Ligue 1 title with the capital club last season to add to winnersâ€™ medals for the 2010 Coupe de France and the 2008 Coupe de la Ligue. The 23-year-old Sakho can play both central defense as well as left-back. He has won 14 caps for the French national team. â€œIâ€™m delighted to be here,â€ he told Liverpoolâ€™s website. â€œIâ€™d like to thank everyone for the welcome. I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. Iâ€™m really looking forward to playing my first game. Iâ€™m really looking forward to cracking on with work and I canâ€™t wait to get on (the) pitch. I know the Liverpool fans are fantastic and while I was in France, it was clear for me to see they are amongst the best in England.â€
Once Cissokho returns to the pitch he is expected to give Jose Enrique competition at the left back position. And should the season-long loan spell go well, an agreement is reportedly already in place for a permanent deal.