Ibrahima Konate: Virgil Van Dijk, I put him on a different planet
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In an exclusive interview with Eurosport, Ibrahima Konate talked about his teammate Virgil Van Dijk. Konate had only words of praise for the great Dutchman. At the very start, Konate laughed at a reporter's question regarding the comparison between Upamecano and Virgil Van Dijk.
“What kind of question is that? You can't compare the two.
With Upamecano, we are in the same category even if he is a very high competitor.
But Van Dijk, I put him on a different planet.
We're still a long way from achieving what he did.
Although we will get there one day, I have no doubt. ”- he said, as quoted by eurosport.com Konate revealed what advantages Virgil Van Dijk has compared to other players. “Leadership, he has such an ease in defending on certain players.
He has his own technique, it's incredible.
His determination, his drive... He has an aura on the pitch, you always feel it.
It's an exceptional chance to play with him. But I also have to look at my career and not look at him as a fan all the time”.
Ibrahima Konate on his future
The Frenchman has no plans for now.
Staying in Liverpool is his priority. Although this season is far from good for the Reds, Konate has big ambitions for this team. “When you play for Liverpool, the question honestly is, ‘Where can I go next?
And to last at this club, you have to perform.
My goal is to be part of the team in the short and long term, and of course to win all the titles”. He admitted that the team is not playing exactly as expected, but his thoughts are related to the future and he hopes for the best.
“We'll admit it: this season is more complicated for all of us, for the whole club. Nobody is better placed to talk about the reasons than the coach.
We were unlucky to have a lot of injured players like me at the beginning of the season, maybe we were short of manpower, the workload was intense and it became complicated. But the season is not over”.