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Jurgen Klopp's Ibrahima Konate decision questioned but it makes perfect sense

Jurgen Klopp has been questioned for taking so long to introduce Ibrahima Konate to Liverpool’s starting XI but we’ve seen him do it before.

The Frenchman was far from his best against Brighton and, while he has been praised for the way he came to Curtis Jones’ aid when Cristiano Ronaldo kicked the young midfielder, he could have done a lot better for the Manchester United forward’s disallowed goal.

Fortunately, it was ruled out for offside although Konate should know better than to show a legendary finisher like Ronaldo inside onto his stronger right foot. But, all that said, I’m very excited for what’s to come.

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The former RB Leipzig centre half is rapid, extremely strong, taller than most players in the Premier League, aerially adept and has a fantastic range of passing.

Klopp has been questioned by journalist Emmet Gates for taking his time in introducing Konate to his starting XI.

He told Give Me Sport: “It’s an odd one because he was Liverpool’s only signing and they paid £36million for him. He hardly kicked a ball in the opening part of the season.

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“Before the season started, we knew Virgil van Dijk was returning so it was going to be van Dijk plus one. Whoever that plus one is would be between Matip, Joe Gomez and Konate.

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“I thought it was likely to be Konate considering he was Liverpool’s only signing.”

It is not odd when you consider the demands Klopp places on his centre-halves and Konate’s lack of Premier League experience.

When you combine this with the fact that the Reds had a difficult opening fixture list with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Atletico Madrid to deal with, it is quite understandable that Konate is only getting his chance now.

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Joel Matip has also been brilliant and, until he suffered an injury, there was really no reason to take him out of the side.

When Andy Robertson signed for Liverpool, it took an injury to an in-form Alberto Moreno for the Scotsman to get his first start. Since then, the former Hull City left-back has been the best in his position in the world.

Hopefully, Konate can follow the same path in the Liverpool starting XI after arriving for £36million.

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