French defender Ibrahima Konate joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in 2021, and although he was denied a starting spot by Joel Matip in his first season, he became a regular in his second. Injuries made it difficult for him to play a full season, but when he did play, he was a true beast.
In addition to his physical gifts, he covers a wide area of the field with his speed and threats. With his height and technique with his feet, he is gaining a reputation as a modern center back. He will be a regular in the starting lineup next season, supporting the final line with Virgil van Dijk and looking to take over the leadership from the 32-year-old Dutch defender.
The new season will be his 3rd year at Liverpool. The French center back, who is expected to be the core of the defense in the new era at the club, which is undergoing a major reshuffling of players, especially in the midfield, talked about his goals at Anfield.
“I want to be a big part of this club and win a lot of trophies with this club.
“I think this season, the third season, I have to level up and show another personality of me on the pitch and in life as well.
“I have a lot of objectives – a lot of clean sheets, help my team, score some goals and win some trophies.”Liverpool.com
Last season, with Trent Alexander-Arnold being given the false side back role, he was given a wider area than before, but continued to use his prized athleticism to contain the opposition’s attacks and cover the backs of the right backs.
The former RB Leipzig defender has stepped up to a new stage and should now awaken to a defensive leader…