Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the 22-year-old French defender from RB Leipzig on July 1.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp strongly feels their latest signing Ibrahima Konate can right away start challenging for a first-team berth at Anfield due to the quality he possesses. Klopp also revealed that he had “admired” him for a long time. The Reds have agreed a deal to sign the 22-year-old from RB Leipzig on July 1, subject to international clearance and the successful application of a work permit. He is the club’s first signing of the summer.
Konate is currently with France preparing for the UEFA U21 European Championships. In the past he was linked with many clubs across Europe, so Liverpool will be happy to secure the service of a talented young defender, who has the potential to be a world class centre-back one day. “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add a player of Ibrahima’s quality to our squad and he is someone I’ve admired for a long time, ever since I first became aware of his potential when he was at Sochaux,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“After the problems we had with injuries in the centre-half position last season, there’s no doubt it was clear it was an area of the team we needed to strengthen – but I first have to say that the job Nat, Rhys and Ozan did was incredible. Unbelievable really.”
Liverpool suffered a massive injury crisis last season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip missed a lot of the season owing to injuries. Konate’s signing will be a big boost for the team in order to add more depth to the squad. “In Ibrahima we are signing a player who will add to the quality we already have here. His physical attributes are very impressive; he is quick, he is very strong and he is dominant in the air,” he added.
“He comes to us after playing more than 90 times for Leipzig in the Bundesliga and European football. I’m sure that number would have been more but for some injury, but even so that means he already has experience of what it takes to compete in two outstandingly difficult competitions.
“I am confident we are signing a player who can play for us right away, but he is a boy of 22 years of age who has room to improve because of his massive potential. I know that’s something he is eager to work on with us to become an even better player. For me, that’s really exciting because I have seen how good he is already and I’m looking forward to working with him when he joins up with us in pre-season.”