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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals his thoughts on the Reds’ £36m defender.

Updated: Jan 14, 2022

Klopp expresses his joy at the centre-backs he has to work with at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool FC’s centre-backs (Getty)
Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool FC’s centre backs (Getty)

Jurgen Klopp cannot believe the player defender Ibrahima Konate is becoming at Liverpool FC.

Konate (22) secured a move from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig to Anfield last summer, with the Reds paying £36m for the Frenchman.

However, Klopp says Konate has turned out to be a better signing than he thought, adding "on top of that, we have with Virgil (Van Dijk), Joe (Gomez) and Joel (Matip) three more.”

The German said in a press conference ahead of their Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal on Thursday evening: "First and foremost, what players always should be: they should be themselves in the first moment," Klopp said ahead of the first-leg tie at Anfield. "That’s why we signed them.

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"But one thing is the analysis you do before you sign a player; the other thing is what you see when you have him really around and on the training ground.

Konate has been impressive for the Reds following a shaky start at Anfield (Premier League / YouTube)
Konate has been impressive for the Reds following a shaky start at Anfield (Premier League / YouTube)

"He played games pretty early for us and I think we all agree he is an exceptional talent: physically outstanding, good footballer as well. When you are that skilled, that quick, that strong, it’s pretty normal – especially when you are young – that your concentration level drops from time to time. "Tactically, we played obviously very different to Leipzig, they played quite frequently there with three in the back, which is different as well. He had to adapt and has to adapt still to his teammates' left and right of him, all these kinds of things.

"On top of that, we have with Virgil, Joe, and Joel three more, from my point of view, world-class centre-halves. So, that’s the situation.

"We just couldn’t go in the season again with three centre-halves, especially with three coming back from long-term injuries. "We needed to do that and now it’s about just using the moments you get, using the minutes you get, using the games you get, and bring yourself in the best possible shape and deliver when you are on the pitch. That’s what he is doing, so all fine."

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