Liverpool want Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. He’s a high-risk player that offers high-reward.
The Sunday World is the latest to link Liverpool with a move for Ibrahima Konate. We say ‘latest’ because there are quite a few outlets saying the same thing.
It increasingly feels like there’s something in this, then. Konate could just be the flavour of the month but the links won’t go away. He really may be Liverpool’s primary defensive target this summer.
With that comes high-risk that could lead to high-reward.
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Taking a chance
The upside here is obvious. Konate is an athletic, intelligent centre-half who holds his own at Bundesliga and Champions League level at just 21.
The potential is massive and that should tempt every top side. Especially if the Sunday World’s £34m price is accurate – Konate could be a bargain.
So where’s the catch? Well, it’s one we’ve mentioned before. Konate is injury prone. Potentially, very injury prone.
Anyone signing him is doing so on the belief that he’ll overcome those injuries. Perhaps he’s just been unlucky thus far, perhaps a club believes they can manage him better than RB Leipzig.
Either way, it’s a risk. It’s especially a risk for Liverpool, who will go into next season with three senior centre-halves coming off season-ending injuries.
There’s no guarantee they hold up. Adding another player with a massive injury question mark hanging over his head is, quite clearly, a risk.
But perhaps that suits Liverpool. They look certain to miss out on Champions League football, something that hurts their transfer opportunities.
Players are a little less likely to join and money is a bit more scarce. Taking a chance on a potential bargain like Konate makes some sense.
If it comes off, they’ve got an elite defender. They may have no other way of getting one without spending a fortune.