Liverpool are on the verge of a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. It’s not one that will fix their most worrying problem, however.
The Guardian claims Liverpool will strike a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate. They’d agreed terms with the player and just have to pay his release clause.
That should come in the next few days.
There’s a lot to be excited about there. Konate is a hugely talented young player and could be the long-term future at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
Picking that up for £30m is quite remarkable if all works out. The idea of a partnership with Joe Gomez is a fantastic one and that could help Liverpool handle Virgil van Dijk’s eventual decline.
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It all depends on Konate fulfilling his potential, of course, but the plan is great. Unfortunately, we’re not sure it fixes Liverpool.
Is Konate the big deal?
In nearly any other season, we could look at this as Liverpool’s big transfer and feel content with it. But this season is highlighting worrying issues for the Reds.
They’re issues in attack, thus a £30m deal for a fantastic defensive prospect is unlikely to fix them.
We’ve talked about, for instance, how Liverpool have an over-reliance on Mohamed Salah. He’s scoring nearly all of their goals and if he struggles, the team doesn’t win.
In fact, if he only scores once the team struggles to win. That’s certainly an issue.
Liverpool desperately need something new up top. Maybe that’s a complete rethink – though, we hope not – or maybe it’s simply a new striker who can contribute immediately.
Neither will be cheap, even if the latter is far easier to accomplish.
With Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out long-term, signing a centre-back was always going to be a priority this summer. Liverpool can’t rely on just three, nor can they rely on all three quickly returning to their previous levels.
But right now, the priority feels as though it should be rejuvenating the attack. The defence will be stronger next season, after all, as those players will return.
Even if they’re not at the level they were, they’ll still improve the team greatly. There’s no doubt about that.
But there are no incoming saviours for the attack. That will only improve with either a miraculous turnaround in form or investment this summer.
And as we watch Liverpool struggle to score goals, it’s easy to feel that the Konate deal should take a backseat.