Ibrahima Konate makes Liverpool admission, as he talks Van Dijk partnership

Ibrahima Konate makes Liverpool admission, as he talks Van Dijk partnership

TEAMtalk Media Group·2021-09-09 18:00

Ibrahima Konate says he was shocked to find out about Liverpool’s interest in him and only when Jurgen Klopp called him did he take it seriously.Konatearrived earlier in the summer in a£36m move from RB Leipzig. In fact he was one of the first big transfers of a summer window, which delivered nothing else for the Reds.Klopp was keen on a new defender after deciding not to take up the permanent signing option on Ozan Kabak.Speaking about his arrival this summer the Paris-born defender says the interest was a surprise.Konate told HYPEBEAST:  “When my brother told me, I didnt believe him at first.“But then I spoke with Klopp and I saw it was serious, that was amazing for me.“Its one of the biggest clubs in the world, so to be here is amazing. Im very happy.I think the possibilities are endless to what we can achieve. Its a club that reflects my ambitions as a player, its going to be an exciting campaign.Konate, 22, who has been awarded the No.5 shirt, has yet to appear this season, instead he has been on the bench in the opening three games. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have been his go to defensive pair.Klopp though fully intends to play his four frontline centre-backs – Konate, Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez, who is still to return from injury.I like talking about Virgil but I dont like talking about last season when he didnt play, I have to mention again that Joel Matip and Joe Gomez didnt play either, which didnt make the situation any easier, and people tend to forget how good they are, Klopp said after the win over Burnley last month.They will all play, the first four will definitely play and we have to mix it up and we will do that.None of these guys, especially those after a long injury, should play all the time three games a week. We need to find a way to get used to that.”Counting down the Premier League’s best ever players by shirt number (40-31): Grealish, Kane…And Konate is excited over partnering Van Dijk.Virgil is incredible, Konate said. I cant wait to play alongside him and learn from him.Hes truly one of the best in the world in that position.The 6ft 4in defender also says he cannot wait to play in Liverpool’s “amazing” yellow, third kit.“I think the third kit is amazing, Konate added. Its the yellow that is historic for Liverpool, and I cant wait to wear it under the lights on a European night. This is something Im very excited for, to play on the biggest stage with this great club.READ MORE: I really have a chance Liverpool starlet has breakthrough belief after van Dijk advice


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