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29 Mar 2021 08:03:59
According to the Athletic Liverpool are in the process of finalizing a deal for Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

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29 Mar 2021 08:26:52
Is that the centre back?

29 Mar 2021 08:33:40
Absolute beast of a CB. Just hope his recent injuries are due to growth or bad luck.

29 Mar 2021 08:57:52
Seems to be all over social media and news outlets, could be BS but there looks a lot of places running the story.
Fair play to this site and the Ed’s they said Konate when all the rumours where of Upamecano and other players and I think Ed2 is a big fan and said he was the one he wanted us to sign?
On a side note the fee is susposidly 33m just over the threshold of the 32.5m bet!

{Ed001's Note - no that was me who wanted us to sign him, a couple of years back now before his injury problems. He was a very good right-back then too.}

29 Mar 2021 09:00:27
Thunderbird it’s starting to spread now all over the internet mate.
BREAKING: Liverpool working to finalise deal for Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. Not done but significant progress made + LFC pursuit of 21yo French centre-back now advanced. Likely his ~€40m release clause will need paying.

29 Mar 2021 09:15:30
Ornstein has reported it and he’s normally very reliable. Not sure adding a defender with such bad injury issues is the most sensible thing in the world, but no argument about his ability when fit.

29 Mar 2021 09:31:30
Interesting signing. Definitely has all the Jurgen Klopp key characteristics of a centre back. Hopefully his injuries will curtail. I wonder what we will do with the other options if this gets completed. Davies, Kabak, Matip, Gomez. I assume Matip will be moved on and maybe Liverpool won’t take up the option of Kabak?

29 Mar 2021 09:40:30
His injury record is similar to VVD's prior to when he joined us.

He's had one big injury with torn muscle fibers that's kept him out for an extensive period (almost a whole season) and since that an Ankle injury which he has recovered from.

Provided he's over his long term muscle issue I think he could be a shrewd signing.

29 Mar 2021 09:42:17
Ed I hope we keep matip too then!

29 Mar 2021 09:43:53
Let's get koulibaly when we play fifa too😂😂😂then in game we can go undefeated haha.

29 Mar 2021 09:51:18
Just what we need another one to spend more time in the treatment room 🙄.

29 Mar 2021 09:56:27
Why have you listed Gomez as one of your ‘moved on’ players Champs?
If there’s one CB that doesn’t fit the Klopp profile it’s Nat Philipps?

29 Mar 2021 10:24:05
So could be VVD and Konate as starters.
Gomez, Phillips and Davies as the back ups.
Probably Losing Matip, sending Kabak back and sending some of the kids on loan?
Looks good to me on paper at least.
But I suppose the back ups depend on if a club can be found for Matip, if Phillips wants to leave to get game time and if Davies wants to stay or not, or if we even want to keep him. Then we have the option of keeping Kabak as well in that case.
In any case I would want us to be slightly overstocked at CB for next season, VVD and Gomez have been hit by serious injury and will take a while to get up to speed, plus Konate has had his fair share, so would make sense to have an extra back up in my eyes.

29 Mar 2021 10:33:58
I don’t know much about him but I know he’s rated!
Then I read he’s missed over 40 games in 11 months he moves Matip and Keita out of the spot light at that going!
Is he over the injuries does anyone know?

29 Mar 2021 10:50:09
He had torn muscle fibres which kept him out for a season pretty much, listed as 3 separate injuries because it was recurring (think he was rushed back) .

Since then no muscle issues but recently was out with an ankle injury, 9 games missed, but has since recovered.

29 Mar 2021 11:10:58
We won't touch him with a barge pole.

Those injuries will keep him at RB for a few years until he can prove he's overcome them. They are redicously substantial and in areas that will reoccur.

90-150 days each time.

He is quality but I just don't believe for one second we will take a risk. Not unless it was a really cut price deal. If, however, we have 40 million available for a cb then i think we will go elsewhere. Just to caveat that 'cut price deal' it might be a Jota style one, 40 million but over many years. Then I could see it happening.

29 Mar 2021 11:23:10
The Juicer, show me on this dummy where Phillips hurt you.

29 Mar 2021 12:19:17
We are always quick to call players injury prone but when you look at it he has one serious injury. If he is available for the money mooted he could be a great buy.

29 Mar 2021 13:05:53
Hey the Juicer, I wasn’t suggesting we move him on, I think more likely that matip, Philips, Davies or Kabak will be moved on. It may reduce playing time for Gomez unless Klopp goes against his usual formation and changes to 3 at the back (highly unlikely IMO)

29 Mar 2021 13:11:13
phillips, matip and davies to move on.
leaving us with virgil, gomez, kabak, konate.

does any one think with 4 decent CB's we could move to 3 at the back?

29 Mar 2021 22:51:36
Konate and Jules Kounde are the French U21 centre backs. What brilliant players to have at that level.

30 Mar 2021 09:12:42
Jordz. What do you mean one injury?

Like same injury over and over. Or a prolonged one that he hasn't gotten over yet? Because if you mean the latter then you are wrong.

The guy has has some really long and serious injuries. Yes he is growing, fast and young. It might well straighten itself out but you can't pay 40 million for the risk. I would rather pay 70 million in 3 years knowing he has been injury free for that time.



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