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Fans should look at new boy Konate in France u21 action this evening

Liverpool’s newest recruit Ibrahima Konate will take to the field for the first time since his Anfield switch was made permanent with the France u21 side this evening.

France take on the Netherlands in Budapest in the quarter-final of the UEFA Euro u21 tournament.

The game kicks off at 5 pm UK time and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Red Button.

In a strange format, the group stages of the tournament took place during the last international break in March.

All four quarter-finals take place today, with the semi-finals on June 3. The final will be held on June 6, giving the players a good break before they return to their clubs.

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Konate and France among favourites to win tournament

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For Konate, it will be his first game since signing for Liverpool from RB Leipzig for £35m (The Athletic).

He is expected to start alongside former Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano at the heart of the France defence.

Interestingly, there will be two more players who have been linked to Liverpool playing at centre-back for Holland. These are Sven Botman and Perr Schuurs.

Konate actually only started one of France’s three group games. He played alongside Jules Kounde against Russia.

Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile was favoured against Denmark and Iceland.

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Kounde is now with the senior squad, having traded places with Upamecano. It remains to be seen which two out of Konate, Upamecano and Badiashile will be selected by Sylvain Ripoli.

In terms of squad quality, France’s is far and away the strongest in the competition.

Along with those mentioned, future superstars like Houssem Aouar, Eduardo Camavinga and Moussa Diaby are also in the squad. In fact, the majority of their players would make a big difference to most senior international sides, nevermind u21 outfits.

If they can all play to their maximum, France should easily be crowned champions. However, it is never that simple.

Liverpool fans will be rooting for Konate, though, so hopefully, he shows us all why he is so highly rated.

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