Euro 2020 star claims Liverpool have a ‘fantastic’ player in their ranks, he’s got ‘all the attributes’
Yvon Mvogo has claimed – via the Mirror – that new Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate has ‘all the attributes’ to thrive as a Premier League defender.
The Anfield natives completed a £36million deal for the France Under 21 centre-half last month after triggering a release clause in his contract at RB Leipzig. Konate spent four years in Germany after a move from boyhood club FC Sochaux-Montbeliard in 2017.
His efforts helped Die Roten Bullen finish last season as runners-up to Bayern Munich and claim the division’s best defensive record. No side conceded fewer times than Julian Nagelsmann’s, who let in just 32 goals in 34 games.
Konate could only feature in 14 of Leipzig’s Bundesliga fixtures after suffering with muscle and ankle injuries. But he did also make six Champions League outings – only watching the Last 16 meetings with Liverpool from the bench.
“Konate is just such a fantastic defender,” Mvogo said. “He had some injuries this year so he couldn’t show his full potential. He’s one of the best young defenders I have seen in my career and I just wish him all the best at Liverpool.
“I’m sure he will succeed there and show everyone what a great player he is. I know he has all the attributes needed to do well in the Premier League. He has all the strengths a defender needs.”
TBR’s view: Liverpool share Mvogo’s view of Konate
Liverpool would seem to share Mvogo’s view of Konate, having spent big to trigger his release clause despite the injuries. The Frenchman’s fitness problems could easily have been enough to scare Jurgen Klopp away from a deal.
Instead, the Reds progressed with their plans to strengthen Klopp’s defence with the 22-year-old. And Konate will offer the German an aggressive yet very well-rounded centre-half for a player of his age.
The Frenchman knows where to position himself, can stay touch-tight to strikers, intercept attacks and play out from the back. So, Konate will now bring his 6 ft 4 stature to Anfield, hoping to fulfil Mvogo’s expectations and prove Liverpool were right to ignore the injuries.