The Frenchman insists he sometimes comes out on top over the in-form striker in training but concedes he is grateful he does not have to face him in matches
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho admits he is “lucky” to only have to play against red-hot striker Luis Suarez in training.
Suarez has been in scintillating form for Liverpool this season, scoring 17 Premier League goals in only 11 appearances to help Brendan Rodgers’ side to second in the table.
The Uruguayan was at his irrepressible best in the Merseysiders’ 5-0 demolition of Tottenham at the weekend, scoring twice and setting up the other three goals at White Hart Lane.
And France international Sakho feels he is fortunate to only have to face the unenviable task of keeping the Premier League’s top scorer quiet in training as opposed to competitive matches.
“When we are on opposite sides we have one-to-one situations where sometimes he comes out on top, other times I do,” the 23-year-old told Liverpool’s official website.
“All I do is try and play my own game and show my own qualities, but for sure, it’s tough against Luis because he’s a world-class striker.
“That helps us to improve and it always goes well when we’re up against each other in training.
“It’s true that it’s always better to have him on your side than be up against him. I’m lucky enough to play with him.”
Sakho went on to laud Suarez for his work ethic, adding that the strong team spirit at Anfield is the main reason Liverpool are only two points off the top of the Premier League.
“The most important thing is that Luis gives everything for the team,” he added.
“He really makes himself available for the group just like all the players here and that’s why Liverpool are continuing to make progress with every game.”