Liverpool did not have a successful season in the Premier League. They gave the title to Manchester City, managed to secure the Champions League in the very finish, and began to work seriously to prevent a repeat of the competition year in which they were not competitive for trophies.
As announced, Ibrahim Konate's buyout clause was officially activated which was set at 40,000,000 euros - the second-biggest amount that the Reds set aside for a defensive player after the irreplaceable Virgil van Dijk, who was paid 84,500,000 at the time.
Another defender who has been waiting for years arrives at Anfield. The multi-year contract of 22-year-old player will start on July 1, after the U-21 European Championship "I am happy for signing for a giant like Liverpool.
I have worked hard for years to get here, but I want to thank everyone in Red Bull Leipzig with whom I had the opportunity to work." "Coaches, teammates, staff, and of course the fans. Their support has helped me grow, become not only a better player but also a better man ”Konate said.
Injuries literally crippled Liverpool last season, starting with the rupture of the knee ligaments of one of the best defenders on the planet, Virgil van Dijk, after whom Joe Gomez and Joel Matip went to the ambulance for a several-month break.
That caused Fabinho to play in the defensive line often, and there were cases when Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson formed a central-defender tandem. With Konate and the recovery of Van Dijk, Gomez, and Matip, Liverpool will once again have one of the most reliable defenses in Europe.
There are also Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips, and Ben Davies, so it will be interesting to see what intentions Klopp has with the mentioned three. "We have signed a footballer who will bring a lot to the already existing quality we possess.
His physical characteristics are impressive." "Ibrahima is fast, strong, and dominant in the jumping game," Jurgen Klopp is aware of the signing his defense has received. Although Liverpool played against Red Bull Leipzig in the round of 16 of the Champions League, they did not have the opportunity to see first-hand the qualities of the young French national team player who remained on the bench on both occasions.
He was injured and therefore missed more than ten games, recording 21 appearances in all competitions. However, when he is completely healthy, he is one of the biggest European talents in his position. In January 2018, Liverpool made one of the best moves in the 21st century with Van Dijk.
For the whole of last summer, they spent about 80,000,000 euros on Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas, and now they already spent half of that amount, although the transfer period has not officially started.
However, if Konate is at 60 percent of what Van Dijk provided until the injury, Liverpool should not regret the money almost equal to the one for which Fabinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino arrived in previous years.