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'Perfect' Ibrahima Konate is Liverpool's best apology to Jurgen Klopp

Ibrahima Konate can be the best apology to Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool boss reportedly sees the player as ‘perfect’.

Ibrahima Konate appears to be on his way to Liverpool for around £30m and that should make Jurgen Klopp very happy. This is exactly what he needed, really.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano says Klopp is pushing for the signing, in fact. He hopes to get this one over the line and, according to Romano, that should happen.

“Step by step Liverpool are getting closer to signing Konate,” he told the Que Golazo podcast. “The agreement is really close and it will be completed in the next days I’m told.

“So Konate will play for Liverpool, I’m really convinced that he’s joining Anfield. Also he wanted to join Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is pushing.

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“He’s convinced that he will be perfect at centre-back next season.”

That suggests Klopp sees very big things for Konate in the future – and we imagine Liverpool do, too. But regardless of what they think, the club owed Klopp this.

Jurgen Klopp wants Ibrahima Konate

Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren last year in what turned out to be a huge misfire. They decided not to replace him, after all.

Thus the Reds went into this campaign with just three senior centre-backs – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. It was a risk and one that didn’t pay off.

The first two were ruled out for the season by mid-November. Matip then followed in January. It’s been a disaster.

But the thing is, Klopp publicly called for four centre-backs.

“It’s always like this – we have four centre-halves and we play usually with two of them. But we needed all four always, so a very, very important role,” Klopp said last summer.

“You need the quality we have on the centre-half position to be successful, and that’s why there’s nothing really to discuss.”

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The boss discussed how thin things could get if Lovren picked up an injury – Matip was injured at the time. But Liverpool still sold the Croatian without replacing him.

Now, nobody saw this season’s injury crisis coming. It’s been bizarre and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

But the fact is, Klopp wanted four centre-backs as he felt fewer than that was a risk not worth taking. And Liverpool didn’t give him that.

We don’t know what the internal discussions were, of course, but it seems telling that he spoke so openly about a need for four centre-backs. It would be a surprise to hear that he felt differently privately.

Liverpool dropped the ball, though, and the least they can do this year is make up for it. And the best way to do that is to not only give Klopp his fourth centre-back, but to make it a ‘perfect’ player.

Konate is apparently that – so at least some good can come out of this mistake.

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