Liverpool sign Konate
Liverpool, at the back end of May, confirmed the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
The deal is believed to have set the Reds back £36m.
Konate joined now former club Leipzig on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, from French outfit FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
And the 22-year-old went on to garner 95 appearances for Die Roten Bullen, including 21 this past season.
Konate is fast, powerful and good with the ball at his feet, and will no doubt prove himself to be a solid signing for a Liverpool side whose centre-back woes in 2020/21 played a key role in the club surrendering their league title to Manchester City in rather disappointing fashion.
Konate set for Liverpool debut
But when will we see Konate in action?
Liverpool’s pre-season fixture list will get underway next week. The Reds are in Austria for a training camp this month, and will play out a number of games as they aim to build fitness ahead of the Premier League getting underway.
Their first action takes place on Tuesday, July 20th, with two thirty-minute mini-games v FC Wacker Innsbruck and VfB Stuttgart.
When asked about plans for Konate’s first appearance for the club, meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp confirmed to Liverpool’s official website that he will be featuring on Tuesday:
“Tuesday. He’s had a good rest, had a normal pre-season so far, so yeah, he can play on Tuesday. For Ibou it is important that he gets minutes quickly, that’s what pre-season is for.
“All the people from outside will say there are similarities between Leipzig and us and that is true, but anyway there are differences as well and the similarities are important but the differences are more important because you see that in training. There are some little habits where he is doing different to what we usually do, so we work on that but that’s now not that easy because that’s only six days now.
“So, all fine, completely normal. The first few days are there to realise what is the boy doing when he is not thinking. So, natural stuff. And then from there we start and that’s why he has to play and that’s what will happen. Then we will see how quickly we can get all this information together for him and then everything is fine. For a defender it’s not as difficult as it would be for other players but it’s still a job to do, and that is what we are doing.”
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