Liverpool had to sign a centre back this summer. The Reds had a torrid time last season and that needed addressing immediately. Thankfully the club got a deal over the line early. Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz has explained why Ibrahima Konate is such a good signing.
Liverpool sign Ibrahima Konate
Last season Jürgen Klopp lost every senior centre back to injury.
The injury crisis came hot on the heels of the club selling Dejan Lovren without signing a replacement.
We ended the season with Nat Phillips as the hero whilst Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip watched on from the sidelines.
The Reds moved for cover in the winter window, bringing in Ben Davies from Preston and Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke.
The Turkish centre back has returned to his club and frankly nobody has ever seen nor heard of Ben Davies since his arrival.
Thankfully, shortly after the end of the season Liverpool confirmed the £36m signing of Ibrahima Konate.
Peter Krawietz on Ibrahima Konate
The arrival of the young French centre back has excited fans and coaches alike.
Liverpool’s assistant manager has been waxing lyrical about the new arrival.
Speaking the club’s official site about about why the side splashed out on the Leipzig star, Peter Krawietz said of Ibrahima Konate:
“In him we see the absolute potential to develop into a world-class centre-half. That’s of course what we want.
“He is a young player still, but also experienced.
“His qualities are pretty obvious. He is a smart centre-half and in terms of defending, of course he has the physical body to be a proper centre-half.
“[Centre backs in England] need to be tall, they need to be quick, they need to be strong in the air and of course it’s important always for us as well that they fit in our tactical profile. In him, we see all of these qualities.”
What RTK has to say
We can’t wait to see Konate in action.
The Frenchman could lead the defensive line for us in the years to come when Virgil hangs up his boots.
If he lives up to the hype he could go down as one of our best signings of the Jürgen Klopp era.
Now it’s just a case of waiting to see if he can deliver.