Liverpool appear to have a long-term partner for Ibrahima Konate in mind. The Reds reportedly want Ronald Araujo.
Ibrahima Konate arrived in the summer to quite a bit of hype. Here was one of Europe’s most talented young defenders, coming in to save Liverpool from their injury crisis.
He’s a player of absolutely massive potential, capable of dominating physically, while also looking composed on the ball. If Liverpool develop Konate well, they’ll have a long-term successor to Virgil van Dijk.
That’s just how good he is.
But Liverpool, like most sides, play with two centre-backs. So if Konate is the future long-term, who partners him? A new report suggests the Reds have someone in mind.
Liverpool target Konate partner
It’s an interesting idea, certainly. Araujo is looking good for Barcelona – one of their rare success stories over the last 18 months.
His contract expires in 2023, too, meaning the Catalonian’s could well cash-in next summer. Maybe even if January, if Liverpool push their luck.
And the Reds wouldn’t just get a talented young player but a partner for Konate. Araujo, like the Frenchman, is still only 22 but is coming up on two years of elite, top-flight experience.
A decent deal here, then, could lockdown Liverpool’s centre-back pairing of the future. It essentially guarantees them strength in the position for a long, long time to come – assuming the club keeps them developing.
We don’t really have any concerns there, seeing how well Liverpool have done with virtually every player under Jurgen Klopp. Araujo has all the qualities to be yet another success story.
And when you partner him with Konate, Liverpool could end up with something very exciting. Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk are both past 30 now, after all – we could be looking at their replacements.