Ibrahima Konate says he ‘can’t wait’ to work with Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool are yet to use the duo in a competitive game – but they will do.
There’s some good hype around Ibrahima Konate already. But then, he was Liverpool’s only summer signing. There’s not too much else to generate hype about.
But that’s no slight on Konate, who looks like a player with incredible potential. Liverpool may well have their long-term future sorted at centre-back if they develop him correctly.
What about the present, though? The undisputed leader at the back is Virgil van Dijk, of course, and there’s immediate interest in a partnership with Konate.
And it sounds as though Konate may be the most interested of all.
Konate on Virgil van Dijk
“Virgil is incredible,” Konate told HYPEBEAST. “I can’t wait to play alongside him and learn from him.
“He’s truly one of the best in the world in that position.”
Konate certainly isn’t the only one looking forward to that combination. Jamie Carragher, for instance, believes it has the potential to be the Premier League’s best.
There are also reports from the Athletic that Jurgen Klopp sees it as a ‘commanding’ pairing. That’s the most important opinion of all, of course.
As for when we’ll see the duo, we’re not sure. We haven’t even seen Joe Gomez in action this season, with Klopp picking Joel Matip alongside Van Dijk every week.
But that should change soon. The Champions League kicks off in a week, meaning Liverpool have three games in seven days. That will surely force some rotation.
Perhaps that brings us the Konate / Van Dijk partnership, then. At the very least, we should get a debut for the new signing and that’s something to look forward to.
Liverpool certainly have plenty of interesting combinations at the back this season. The next month should really show that off.