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Official: Liverpool sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for £36m

Liverpool have officially completed the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

After months of rumours, the transfer has today been confirmed by the club.

The Reds have paid his £36m release clause to the German side. He completed his medical and agreed personal terms a few weeks back, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Frenchman was first linked to the club back in December. The Athletic then reported in March that Liverpool were working to finalise a deal to sign him.

These attempts were clearly successful and Konate is now officially a Liverpool player.

Konate set to become an elite centre-back

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Signing Ibrahima Konate is certainly a coup for Liverpool.

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For a side in need of a new central defender, they could not do much better than one of the very best defensive prospects on earth.

Dayot Upamecano was the perceived star of the Leipzig backline. Yet many feel that it is actually Konate who has the higher ceiling of the two.

Having only recently turned 22-years-old, he has just completed his fifth season of professional football.

Injury has limited his game time in the last two seasons, but he showed in 2018/19 exactly how good he is. Konate was only 19 for the majority of that season, so is undoubtedly even better now.

In fact, his form that campaign kept Upamecano out of the side for much of the season, before Konate’s fitness issues saw his countryman overtake him in the pecking order once again.

The now-Bayern Munich man has kept his place for much of this season largely down to Julian Nagelsmann’s system.

The German boss favours a 3-4-2-1 formation that is easily transferable into a 4-4-2.

This means that the likes of Nordi Mukiele, Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg are preferred alongside the central Upamecano, as they are comfortable at both centre-back and fullback.

Konate’s height, pace and match intelligence make him perfect for Liverpool’s back four.

It will be intriguing to see how Jurgen Klopp manages his newfound depth in central defence. It is certainly a good problem to have.

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