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According to multiple sources, RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konaté is set to join Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, as the club look to end their search for a new centre-back. The French defender broke onto the scene with Leipzig at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, making 28 appearances in the Bundesliga as Die Roten Bullen finished third. Since then, Konaté’s found minutes on the pitch difficult to come by, appearing in only 12 league fixtures in 2020-21 and 8 in 2019-20. In Liverpool’s Round of 16 match-up against the Red Bulls in the UEFA Champions League this season, the Frenchman was absent for both fixtures. Upon hearing this you might be wondering…did they get the wrong man?
Still only 21-years-old, Ibrahima Konaté evidently has a bright future ahead of him, but the Reds could be questioned for the move. Paying a fee that is reportedly around £30m for a player who is the fifth choice defender at his club is a bit of a risky tactic, and Ozan Kabak’s permanent deal for the club should come for cheaper. Nagelsmann’s decison to leave him out of the side so regularly has also stunted his development. Even when the 21-year-old is given the chance, he’s still not a particularly calming presence on the ball, nor does he come free of defensive errors. So why does the Leipzig man have such a sweeping reputation? Is it all just fuss over a young player? Asking such questions could be understandable. After all, he’s played just 586 minutes in the league this season. But Konaté should still be a positive addition to the Reds, and fulfill a void they still desperately need. Keep reading this article on Bundesliga Daily.