Liverpool may be without Ibrahima Konate for Sunday’s trip to face Newcastle United.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shift into a hybrid role, the Frenchman’s pace and positional awareness is now absolutely vital to the Reds. But speaking in his pre-Newcastle press conference, Klopp said Liverpool may have to cope without Konate this weekend.
“Trent yes, Thiago from Monday on. Curtis from Monday on. Ibou is a doubt, so yeah. Playing 40 minutes with 10 men didn’t help. That’s the situation. The rest should be available,” said the Reds boss.
Good news on the others, but Konate is the one man Liverpool really need right now.
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To be quite frank, this is the worst possible news for Liverpool in terms of fitness ahead of this weekend.
There have been calls all summer for the Reds to strengthen themselves in the centre-back position. But so far, Liverpool have done nothing.
Two or three years ago, that wouldn’t have been a problem at all. But now, with Matip creaking and Gomez’s level dropping alarmingly, neither look good enough.
This is the exact scenario that fans have been worried about ever sine Trent’s move into his new position last season.
Konate is well-suited to cover the right-side of defence, but even he struggles sometimes. To ask Gomez or especially Matip to do the same job is borderline suicidal.
It won’t help matters that Liverpool head to face one of the best sides in the league this weekend. They badly need Konate available for these types of games. Unfortunately, it now looks like this time at least, they won’t.