Jack Lusby 24 April 2017
Mamadou Sakho has explained why he took part in an elaborate celebration with Christian Benteke during Liverpool’s 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Benteke struck twice to pour misery on his former side at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, rendering Philippe Coutinho‘s excellent opener meaningless.
The Belgian’s two-goal showing underlined his quality, despite his struggle with the Reds last season, but his drawn-out handshake with Sakho after his equaliser drew criticism.
Sakho was part of the Palace bench despite being ineligible to play, and given he is only on loan with the Eagles, Liverpool supporters took exception to his enthusiasm.
But speaking after his side’s win, Sakho insisted there was “nothing behind it.”
“When Christian scored, I stayed seated as I didn’t want to celebrate by respect for the club to which I belong and the fans,” he said.
“But when he came over to me, I stood up and did what we always do as friends…our hand check.
“There was nothing behind it, nothing else to imply by it.
“Just two friends who are playing for the same team and who have the same goal, which is to get the three points at each game to make sure the team stays in the Premier League.