Ibrahima Konate: How French media reacted to Liverpool star's World Cup semi-final display
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Ibrahima Konate: How French media reacted to Liverpool star's World Cup semi-final display

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate has helped France reach the World Cup final.

The Reds star came into the starting XI for Les Bleus in Wednesday’s semi-final clash with Morocco.

And Konate helped France keep a clean sheet as Didier Deschamps’ charges ran out 2-0 winners over the Atlas Lions.

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The Anfield centre-back played in all three of France’s group games in Qatar.

He then dropped to the bench against Poland and England, before returning against Morocco in place of Dayot Upamecano.

‘How can we get him out of the XI?’

The French media loved that they saw from the Liverpool ace.

Foot Mercato gave Konate a 7.5 out of 10 for his efforts on the night.

‘Replacing the ill Upamecano, the Liverpool player immediately set the tone by physically dominating his opponents,’ they wrote.

‘He cuts this trajectory well in front of En-Nesyri (31st), takes out a perfect tackle on Hakimi (43rd) and returns the two crosses from Ziyech (50th).

‘A small avoidable error of judgement (45th) but he held the house for a long time when the French boat was pitching.

‘A very high-level performance.’

Meanwhile, Goal France gave Konate a 7 out of 10.

‘Starter in place of Upamecano, the Liverpool defender was impressively calm,’ they wrote.

‘Author of several decisive interventions, he perfectly blocked the Moroccan offensives and confirmed that we could count on him.’

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And Eurosport gave Konate an impressive 8.5 out of 10.

‘He came into the XI with serious conviction,’ they began.

‘This Wednesday, he did everything to repel Moroccans who insisted on trying to get past him.

‘The young central defender saved countless situations but we will remember his sliding tackle in front of Hakimi (44th) and his intervention in front of En-Nesyri (54th).

‘He diffused a power and a serenity that kept the Blues in the game.

‘To his credit, an opening of 45 meters for Giroud. A very, very great game.

‘In short… How could we get him out of the eleven?’

Klopp masterstroke

When Liverpool signed Konate in the summer of 2021, he was already an established player for RB Leipzig.

He joined not long after the Reds endured a defensive crisis in 2020-21.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were all out of action at various points.

This left Jurgen Klopp having to put together a makeshift defence.

The Liverpool boss initially used Konate sparingly, but he impressed when called upon.

He clearly has what it takes to shine at the top level, as we’ve been seeing for club and country.

Konate has sadly struggled with injury this season and has made just four appearances for Liverpool.

However, he now looks back to his best, and when the Premier League campaign resumes, he’ll hopefully kick on for the Reds as he has been doing with France.

Liverpool paid £36million for Konate. Considering he’s just 23, his talents and ceiling suggest he was a bargain for the Reds.

The Anfield outfit has certainly pulled off quite a few transfer masterstrokes in recent years. And Konate is right up there.

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