France are set to put their faith in Ibrahima Konaté at the World Cup, according to reports. The Liverpool defender only has two caps.
This comes from RMC Sport. They claim that Ibrahima Konaté will start for France when they kick-off their World Cup campaign. Didier Deschamps is trialling a 4-3-3 formation with Konaté alongside his former RB Leipzig partner Dayot Upamecano.
It comes with doubts around Raphael Varane’s fitness. The Manchester United defender hasn’t played for some time and may not be trusted with a start.
Konaté, though, is wildly inexperienced at international level, compared to his compatriots in the squad. The Liverpool defender only has two caps for France, having made his debut in the summer.
Now, it appears, he could be sent straight to the first XI for the World Cup.
Ibrahima Konaté at the World Cup
Konaté arrived at Liverpool in 2021 as an incredibly promising young defender. By the end of the season, he was starting the Champions League final. As Deschamps recently said, that’s got to make any international boss take notice.
The rise of Konaté was brilliant, with Jurgen Klopp believing he’s an ‘outstanding’ player after what he saw last season, per Liverpoolfc.com. Still, we didn’t expect him to go.
Konaté did only make his France debut this year, after all. He only has two caps and then barely played for Liverpool this season as a series of injuries kept him out.
While he’s certainly fresh, he doesn’t have the match fitness of other elite centre-backs at the tournament. Deschamps is ready to throw him right into the mix for the champions, though.
Above all, that’s a sign of just how great Konaté’s reputation is now. He’s one of the best young centre-backs on the planet, and hopefully, he uses this World Cup to show that.