On-loan Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho will have angered many Liverpool supporters when he celebrated Christian Benteke's goal on Sunday.
Sakho, on-loan from Liverpool and unable to play against his parent club, celebrated with Benteke when the Belgian scored the winner to put Palace 2-1 up in their Premier League clash at Anfield.
Mamadou Sakho, current on loan at Palace from Liverpool, celebrates Benteke's goal against Liverpool. Priceless. ??? pic.twitter.com/HxlIzOMBNp
— Lisa Johnson (@girlmanutd) April 23, 2017
And, now the French defender has come out saying the celebration was not meant to offend Liverpool.
"When Christian scored, I stayed seated as is didn't want to celebrate by respect for the club to which I belong and the fans," said the Frenchman.
"But when he came over to me, I stood up and did what we always do as friends, our hand check.
"There was nothing behind it, nothing else to imply by it. Just two friends who are playing for the same team and who have the same goal," he said.
Benteke and Sakho handshake.. pic.twitter.com/5IMgd6oJM6
— James (@TheTopKlopp) April 23, 2017
Benteke himself is a former Liverpool player.
Sakho has been praised for his recent performances, which have seen Sam Allardyce's side climb up the table and escape the relegation dogfight.