'I must say': Michael Owen isn't happy with £71,000-a-week Liverpool star despite win
Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 in the Champions League last night but Michael Owen has told BT Sport, via The Mirror, that he’s concerned by Ibrahima Konate.
The defender was handed his first outing in the Champions League last night and did help Liverpool keep a clean sheet.
As a result, Owen’s critique is perhaps harsh but he did have some reservations over his performance last night.
Liverpool activated a £36 million release clause to sign Konate from RB Leipzig in May 2021.
The 22-year-old is yet to establish himself as a first-team regular, with Jurgen Klopp preferring the experience of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Konate was signed with one eye on the future. Owen believes he still has much to learn, despite a 2-0 win for Liverpool last night.
He told BT Sport, via The Mirror: “Konate worries me a little bit, I must say.
“He presses a little bit, he comes in and likes to mark men and a lot of the time he gets done in behind.
“A couple of times there, we missed one or two off the reel, we could have shown were people are getting in behind him. They’ve got to be careful without Van Dijk there.
“Communication might be key.”
Future star: Owen criticism is harsh and Konate will come good for Liverpool
Not every young player can burst onto the scene and be taking the world of football by storm as a teenager.
Owen did that, but not every player will realise their potential quite so quickly.
Konate has done just fine for Liverpool when he’s been called upon and Klopp will be pleased with his progress.
Prior to joining the Reds, he made 95 appearances for RB Leipzig. With that in mind, he does have lots of experience in men’s football.
The challenge for the £71,000-a-week player is to continue learning and put himself into a position where he can be a regular starter.
His time at the club so far has gone okay and perhaps Owen’s criticism is a little harsh.
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