Jan Molby believes that Mamadou Sakho can prove he is as good as when the defender was a teenager, insisting that there is a lot of time for the 23 year old to get back to his best.
Made captain at Paris Saint Germain at the age of 17, Sakho featured for the French outfit just 30 times last season, reportedly sealing their belief that he is not necessarily the player he used to be.
While the club had publicly said they hoped to keep Sakho - president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claiming the star had the same relationship with the side as Steven Gerrard with Liverpool - PSG were obviously privately willing to part with the 23 year old, leaving questions over his abilities for some.
But Molby believes that he can find his peak again, with much time and the chance to prove he is capable of fulfilling his potential as a marquee signing for the Merseyside club.
"If Sakho can get back to the player he was when he first broke into senior football he will do well for us," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"Something obviously went wrong when you look at where he was at the age of 17, but he is still only 23 and if he can recapture that early form will flourish.
"He is big, strong, quick - all the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League - and was a captain of PSG at just 17. He's one for the future."
Sakho was the third defensive signing of the summer as Brendan Rodgers aimed to replace the retired Jamie Carragher, alongside Tiago Ilori and Kolo Toure. Building on the side's depth was also a concern for the manager as he sets the tough ambition of closing the gap with the top four.
With three wins on the trot so far without prolific striker Luis Suarez, Liverpool are certainly on track to showing that they are a force to be reckoned with this season.
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