Jamie Carragher delivers honest verdict on new Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate
Liverpool completed their first signing of the summer towards the end of May in the form of Ibrahima Konate. The defender, who joins the club from RB Leipzig, is expected to have cost a figure north of £30million. Now, Jamie Carragher has told the Echo that fans have a right to be excited about him.
Konate, 22, has joined Liverpool after clocking up just five appearances shy of a century of games with Bundesliga side Leipzig. His performances in the Champions League caught the eye, boasting plenty of speed and ability on the ball. Defensively, he is also impressive, given he is still very young.
A £36million deal has been engineered between Liverpool and Leipzig according to The Echo, with the Reds activating his release clause. He replaces Ozan Kabak who looks as if he will not sign permanently at Anfield – and Carragher has delivered an exciting verdict on Liverpool’s new star.
“I’ve seen snippets of him in the Champions League, obviously last season when Leipzig did really well,” Carragher told the Echo. “I watched him this season and I watched him a few days ago for France (U21s) and he just looks massive. He’s big and I like the size of him.
“He looks like he can cover the ground, he’s got big long strides. He looks a huge presence. You just trust Liverpool with signings. The way they go about it [Klopp and Edwards], the prices they pay, the ages they get certain players at, you just trust them. If Liverpool feel someone is good enough, they’ve got the whole fanbase on side because of their track record.”
Where does Konate rank in Liverpool pecking order, amid Carragher comments?
Nobody expects Konate to come in and instantly become first choice. But he has the potential to do so. Virgil van Dijk remains the club’s best centre-back and Joe Gomez is a close second. When both are fit and at their best, they will start at centre-back. The club now have four other options.
Nat Phillips starred for Liverpool during the second half of the season. Joel Matip is returning from injury, Ben Davies is yet to make his debut and Rhys Williams is maturing. Now, add Konate into the mix, and Liverpool have seven centre-backs. You would expect Konate to be third in that list.
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