By Harry Sykes
Jamie Carragher has destroyed Mamadou Sakho on Sky Sports for celebrating Crystal Palace’s opening goal in their 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday.
Carragher claimed it was a ‘bit strange” that Sakho, who is on loan at Palace from Liverpool, was on the bench for the visitors in a cheerleader capacity and urged the player to be “very careful” about his allegiances.
The France international joined Christian Benteke in celebration of the first of his two goals against the club he represented last season.
Pictures from broadcaster Sky Sports showed a tracksuited Sakho racing to the touchline to indulge in a bizarre celebratory handshake with the Belgium international immediately after he had equalised in front of the Kop to make it 1-1 in the Premier League fixture.
Sakho is on loan at Palace from Liverpool for the second half of the season after being frozen out by Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
But he was ineligible to line up for Sam Allardyce’s side against his parent club due to Premier League rules that forbid a loan player from doing so.
Carragher, who was on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports, was unimpressed that Sakho appeared to be supporting his new teammates rather than his permanent employers.
“I think he has to be very careful, he is still a Liverpool player,” Anfield legend Carragher told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match.
“I’ve seen him shaking hands with the whole Liverpool bench, giving everyone high fives, Jurgen Klopp gave him very short shrift.
“I find it a bit strange he is on the bench for Crystal Palace, considering he is still a Liverpool player.”
Sakho has made a big impact in Palace’s bid to escape relegation, which has resulted in six wins from their last eight league matches.
The Frenchman had played the full 90 minutes of each of the previous seven encounters and delivered a series of superb performances.
It has been widely reported that Liverpool will look to sell Sakho in the summer transfer window and have slapped a £30million price tag on him.
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