Last Updated: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:37
Mamadou Sakho says he has no regrets about leaving his home-town club PSG to join Liverpool and is "excited" about the Anfield project.
The 23-year-old was a transfer deadline day signing for the Reds and joined Brendan Rodgers' side for around £17m to improve the options at the back.
He made a quicker-than-expected debut in Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea due to Daniel Agger's injury and the Frenchman is now eager for more appearances in the next phase of his career.
"Of course coming here was a big step for me," he said. "I'd been with PSG from the age of 12 but there comes a time in every player's life when you have to make some career choices.
"I had achieved everything I had wanted to do with Paris Saint-Germain. We had won the title, and I made the decision a while ago that I wanted to take on something else."
Sakho's exit from PSG has angered some of their fans, dismayed a talented, home-grown player was allowed to move on, but Sakho says he had little hesitation in making the switch to Anfield.
"I knew I wanted to experience a different culture and learn new things and when Liverpool came in for me I was easily convinced. I was happy to leave in the end," he added.
"It's all going well for me here so far. I've settled in quickly. I left Paris to join an ambitious club and I'm very excited about the project here.
"It was an impulse to leave PSG. There are so many new players coming into the club but they didn't push me out. It was all about me wanting to go out and compete.
"There is a big project underway [at PSG], but my situation was based more on my desire to genuinely compete and that is something I know I will have at Liverpool.
"For me, the Premier League is the best competition in the world. It demands a great deal of rigour and concentration from all players and that can only help me develop as a person and as a player."
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