'I asked some questions': Konate says 26-year-old Liverpool star helped convince him to join the club
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'I asked some questions': Konate says 26-year-old Liverpool star helped convince him to join the club

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Ibrahima Konate has credited Naby Keita with helping him to make up his mind to move to Liverpool.


The pair played together at RB Leipzig before Keita joined The Reds in 2018. Konate made the same journey this summer. And the big centre half told liverpoolfc.com that his former teammate encouraged him to join Klopp’s squad.

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What did Konate say

“Yes, I spoke with him a little bit” said Konate.

Some players would be keen to gain knowledge of the place they’re moving to. But the Number 5 said he only wanted Naby’s answers on footballing matters.

“I never asked about the city because I come here for my job, to play football, I don’t speak with someone for going out

“If I speak with him, it’s about: how is the club? How is the mentality of the club? How are the players? How is the coach?”

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Konate clearly liked what he heard.

The 22-year-old Frenchman was also full of praise for Keita’s on pitch qualities.

“I don’t have the words to describe what he did in the German league, it was amazing”, he said.

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Keita’s personality shines through

Keita is hugely popular within the Liverpool squad.

He appeared to struggle with the language barrier when first moving. But it’s great to hear that he’s happy and loving life at Liverpool.

Konate also seems to be happily settled.

“I am very happy to be here” he continued.

“When we are in the dressing room we love everybody, and I think we don’t have players with arrogance, we don’t have this here, and I love this”.

The last part is undeniably true.

Klopp signs personalities as much as players. Keita and now Konate fit perfectly into this hugely likeable group of players.

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