Liverpool are in position to sign Ibrahima Konate thanks to a ‘mistake’ they made last summer, according to reports. The Reds may close the deal soon.
This comes from the Telegraph. They say Liverpool are the frontrunners for Konate but certainly not the only team interested.
In fact, three other Premier League sides would quite like him. Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur would move but have problems.
Chelsea and Spurs are in the same situation – they have to sell defenders before signing new ones. They can’t justify the spend without making space.
United need to know how much they have to spend after buying in other areas. Until then, they won’t bid for a defender.
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Thus Liverpool are free to move and it’s entirely thanks to not signing a defender last season.
That was a controversial move, given it left the squad with just three senior centre-halves. That would usually be enough but all of them picked up season-ending injuries by the halfway point.
It made Liverpool’s decision look terrible, forcing them to use Fabinho and youngsters at the back in big games. Jurgen Klopp actually addressed that criticism back in October.
“It’s hard to have four world-class centre-halves,” he said, per the Mirror. “If anyone wants to tell us we made a mistake, I think [Jamie] Carragher mentioned already.
“There are a few reasons why they don’t do this job.”
Well, it turns out Klopp might have been right all along. In not signing a player he didn’t feel he needed, the boss left the door open for Konate.
Liverpool are the only side able to push the move through quickly, handing them a winning advantage over their rivals – and it’s thanks to that mistake.
We do wish the Reds had Konate right now but if everyone is back next season, we’ll quickly hail Liverpool’s overall decision as a success. They’ll get the player they want and deserve credit for that.