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Liverpool defender Sakho happy with leadership role

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is happy to take a leadership role.

The 24-year-old defender enjoyed an outstanding World Cup campaign despite France's exit in the quarter-finals following defeat to Germany.

Sakho told Liverpool Echo: "Addressing my teammates in the dressing is quite a spontaneous, natural thing for me.

"I've got a strong personality which helps me to get my message across. I often try to do it with humour; it's the best way to make it stick.

"I've always had a big brother-style relationship with youngsters. When I was young, I appreciated it when older guys gave me advice.

"You always learn things from your elders. And now I do it too, sometimes - there are players that really respond to that kind of thing."

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