Sissoko won't conform
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has no plans to refine his robust style of play.
Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has no plans to refine his robust style of play in order to appease Premiership referees.
The former Valencia midfielder has already been booked four times in England's top-flight from The Reds' 10 league outings this term.
Although Sissoko is consistently finding himself incurring the wrath of Premiership officials, he has no plans to change his playing style to avoid cautions.
"I try to do my job well regardless of how I am treated by referees, I will not change the way I play to suit the referees," explained Sissoko.
"But it is difficult when a referee books me within 15 minutes for my first tackle.
"If I get two yellow cards then it is no good for the team and for a long period in the game I have to be careful.
"But I cannot play any other way, it is always 100 percent. I know the best way for me to play and I hope it does not upset referees."
Meanwhile, Sissoko has emphasised the importance of Liverpool's return to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Reds were rolled over by Manchester United in their previous outing and the 21-year-old is now hoping the Merseysiders can improve in their consistency.
"We had a good win over Aston Villa, coming so soon after the defeat by Manchester United. Everyone was happy because of the importance of the game," he continued.
"It was not easy earlier in the season, but everyone now sees the importance of the situation. We now need to improve and achieve some consistency.
"I feel we have a better team than last season, and we do play well at home, so we are confident of progressing. We are also aware that we must get ourselves back into the top four.
"But first we must progress in the Champions League. It is a competition I enjoy and we have to be at our best to make sure we win every game."