Pep Lijnders shares what Andy Robertson has told new signing Ibrahima Konate behind Liverpool scenes
Pep Lijnders has told Monday’s Liverpool press conference that Andy Robertson has told Ibrahima Konate to be patient in adapting at Anfield.
Konate, 22, finally made his Liverpool debut on Saturday afternoon. The Frenchman was solid as the Reds beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield.
The France Under-21 star coped with the pressure of facing a big striker in Christian Benteke, helping Liverpool keep a clean sheet.
But it was Konate’s first minutes of the season, with competition at centre-back aplenty. Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Nat Phillips, and Joel Matip are options.
Liverpool travel to Norwich on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup and assistant manager Lijnders shared what Robertson has told Konate.
“Konate is a beast, he can catch so many players, strong in the air. But he is still so young. All of us, we need time to adapt. Robbo said it to him as well.
“It was great to see him make his debut and get it out of the way and move on,” Lijnders said, as per the club’s official YouTube channel.
Lijnders on Konate: Robertson guidance crucial for Liverpool star
Konate is clearly a proper player. For little under £40million, Konate could be a bargain signing given his enormous potential at Anfield.
But to maximise that potential and become a Liverpool player for years to come, he needs to be patient and hone his skills. Listen to his peers.
It won’t just be Robertson giving him advice. As the only new signing, everyone will be looking to help Konate over the next few months.
While he is not first choice, indeed – Gomez and Matip are probably picked first – he has the potential to overtake them. He must remain patient.
Getting the itch and causing a fuss will make things worse. Listening to senior players like Robertson will help get the best out of Konate.
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