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Jamie Carragher blown away by Liverpool target Ezri Konsa

Jamie Carragher has lauded Aston Villa defender and reported Liverpool target Ezri Konsa on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

Konsa, 23, was given his own dedicated analysis slot by Carragher following his latest heroics for Villa against Leeds United on Saturday.

Remarkably, Dean Smith’s side have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League this season – bettered only by Manchester City and Chelsea. Villa have 10 clean sheets this term, too, with Konsa integral to such defensive superiority.

The Athletic recently claimed that Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster is defensive contingent further in the summer window, with Konsa very-much on the Liverpool manager’s radar.

And judging by Carragher’s recent analysis of the England under-21’s international, he, too, would welcome the addition of Konsa at Anfield.

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“A player I just want to highlight is Konsa alongside Tyrone Mings. That and the goalkeeper, that triangle – I just think has been huge for them,” he said.

“Konsa has made more blocks than anyone else in the Premier League this season, he’s a brilliant defender and he’s made a huge difference.

“As a partnership [Konsa and Mings] they’ve played together more than anyone else in the Premier League, so really consistent.

“Honestly I can’t talk enough about how impressed I’ve been with him defensively. He doesn’t do silly things. He’s very brave at getting the blocks in.”

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What RTK has to say

The more we watch Konsa, the easier it becomes to see why Liverpool are monitoring the former Brentford starlet.

Konsa has been something of an unsung hero in Villa’s rise to the top half of the table this season. Whether or not, though, Liverpool can prize the London-born defender to Merseyside, remains to be seen.

Having signed from Brentford in 2019 for £12 million, Konsa has a contract at Villa Park until 2023. Smith is intent to extend his current deal, too, which makes it unlikely the club would be open to selling this summer.

Another reason why a potential deal could be a struggle for Liverpool is the inflated market for homegrown players.

Take into account Villa’s stable financial situation and successful season so far, and the asking-price could spiral out of control for Konsa.

In the midst of a global pandemic, too, it seems unlikely Liverpool would spend silly money on Konsa.

After all, Villa asked for an astronomical amount when Jack Grealish was listed on the transfer market last summer, and Konsa is just as integral to Smith’s team.

We certainly rate Konsa, but it’s difficult to see Liverpool’s interest materialising into anything further.

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