Mamadou Sakho is not eligible for Sunday’s game at Anfield and he will find it difficult watching from the Premier League encounter against Liverpool having had such an impact in the run of five wins from seven games at the heart of the Eagles defence.
He is delighted he made the move down south to join Sam Allardyce in the battle to avoid relegation and took note of good references of the club from players at Palace he already knew.
“I’d only heard good things about the manager, and his being here helped make my decision easier, he knows what he is doing, a top manager. Then there were people like Yohan [Cabaye] and Christian [Benteke] who told me this was a good team, a good club, and reassured me the move would work for everyone. Then there was the chairman. When he spoke to me on the telephone, he sold me his club. The passion with which he spoke about Palace really touched me. He transmitted that emotion to me in the telephone call. "He’s a man of his word. He made me want to fight for his club. Sakho told The Guardian.
There has been speculation around what the future holds for the 27 year old defender but the defender has only thoughts in his mind about the immediate target ahead for him.
“Look, it's still a big challenge, and a very different kind of challenge. But I’m so glad I did. I get a kick out of being out on the pitch, playing football again. I am playing in front of big crowds, fans who appreciate my style of play.
“My only goal is the mission I have accepted at Crystal Palace, and I’m trying to help them succeed in what they need to do. I’m part of a team, and it’s the team that matters. Not my future. Not my contract. Not what happens next.
“It’s all about seeing Palace safe, and we’re not there yet.“