The Liverpool defender played the full 90 minutes of France’s 4-1 win over Australia in the World Cup last night. Understandably delighted with what was just his third ever cap, Konate put out a post after the game.
“First one was a success! France +3,” wrote the 23-year-old, alongside a picture of him in action in Al Wakrah.
Among those to reply were Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg and Swiss defender Dan-Axel Zagadou.
But the most eye-catching response came from France teammate Thuram. Having come off the bench himself for the final minutes of the game, the Borussia Monchengladbach man posted a ‘hearts in eyes’ emoji to Konate.
Thuram hot property on the market
Thuram will be one of the names to keep an eye on in the market next summer, or possibly even in January. The 25-year-old is coming into the final months of his contract at Gladbach.
As a result, he’s likely to be on the move very soon. He could even be available for nothing.
For a player who was recently labelled ‘world-class’ by Wolfsburg sporting director Marcel Schafer, that would be quite the steal.
And, according to reports, it’s a steal that Liverpool are hoping to make. The Express reported the Reds interested in Thuram as recently as earlier this month.
But Liverpool have been seen as a possible destination for Thuram for a number of years. Having reportedly scouted him in the past, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them enter the frame now.
With his best years still ahead of him, and now making his World Cup debut, the market for him may be a crowded one.
His versatility and ability to create as well as score make him a quite rare profile. Liverpool have been drawn to that in the past, and look like they could be again.
Perhaps Konate can have a word in his ear over the next couple of weeks.