Liverpool news: How much has Ibrahima Konate helped Jayden Danns in his breakout season at Anfield?

A lot of youngsters have caught the eye this term. One such player is Jayden Danns, who broke into the senior team this season.

Ibrahima Konate in a file photo, Credits: Twitter/@LFC
By Karthik Raman | Mar 27, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

It has been an incredible 2023-24 season for Liverpool, with the club going strong in every competition they are involved. The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup with a late win over Chelsea in the final. Besides, they are doing well in the Europa League and are involved in a close three-way Premier League title race. The only blip for them is the FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United in the quarter-final stage.

There have been several positives to take from Liverpool’s impressive campaign. Their ability to keep winning games irrespective of the level of their performances has helped the Reds to stay in a commanding position going into the business end of the campaign. Besides, a lot of youngsters have also caught the eye this term. One such player is Jayden Danns, who broke into the senior team this season.

Jayden Danns on Ibrahima Konate

Danns has opened up about the experience of integrating into the first-team squad, as he heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp and his new teammates for making the transition from the academy seamless. He singled out defender Ibrahima Konate and praised him for all the help he has provided to him. “To be fair, all of them have been brilliant to me. I mean, they’ve been really welcoming, but I’d say Ibou [Konate] has probably been the biggest one. He’s so bubbly as a character, you can’t describe him as a personality, you go up there and he is like: ‘Dannsy!’,” he told

The 18-year-old added: “It’s mental, to be honest, and I’m looking at him still thinking he’s like a film character because I’ve watched him all these years! When he’s putting his arm around you, you just feel at home. The whole squad is inspirational, to be honest. I’m coming into a squad that is up there contending for the league and they’ve won big things, so all these players I just try to soak in as much as I can and absorb all the information. They’ve all got brilliant things to give you and as a youngster, there’s nothing more you can ask for, really, to be coming into top players and them giving you advice. You look at [Mohamed] Salah and how professional he is and yeah, it’s just brilliant, to be honest.”

The promising young striker then showered praise on Jurgen Klopp by speaking about the impact the manager has had on him. “To be honest, every time I’ve spoken with the boss he’s just been really encouraging and he’s probably the perfect role model. As a manager, personally I think he is the best manager in the world and when you look at him you’re a bit starstruck and he’s got this aura around him,” he explained.

Danns added: “So, yeah, every time you speak with him it’s meaningful and his biggest message is probably to just work hard and even Pep [Lijnders], he has been a big influence in me as well and his message was to work hard and do the same thing as well. So, in my mind I am just going to take on what they give me and work as hard as I can to try to perfect my tools and be the best player I can be.”

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