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Ibrahima Konate admits he's struggling to start for Liverpool

Ibrahima Konate admits that he wishes he was playing more regularly but adds that he knows it’s not easy to do.

The Frenchman joined the club for £36million after activating his release clause in the summer and is now reportedly earning £71,000/week but Jurgen Klopp has him on the bench.

We’ve seen it before with Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the German manager likes to ease players into the side where he can and Konate is getting the same treatment.

In all fairness, Joel Matip is playing really well at the moment and deserves his place in the side but should the Cameroonian fall out of form or suffer an injury which is all too likely, Konate will get his chance.

He took the opportunity he was given against Manchester United, keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet at Old Trafford as the Reds romped to a 5-0 win in the Red Devils’ own background.

But Konate has admitted he wishes he was playing more while adding that he realises that’s easier said than done at a club blessed with so many top central defenders.

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He told the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine: “For sure it is not easy because every player wants to play, you know?

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“But I know I am young and I need to work to play. I was in Germany and now I am in the Premier League in Liverpool, one of the best teams in the world.

“It is not easy to come and play automatically at Liverpool. I know Jürgen, I know what he does and of course, I need to work. I hope with time this [being selected] will be automatic. I will work for this.

“Everything is good. I love the challenge and, for sure, the Premier League is not the same as German football. The intensity is different and you have a lot of big players here. It is not easy, but we play football for that.”

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