New Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate has, on Thursday, supplied an perception into his settling-in interval with Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Reds’ newest addition
French defender Konate stands because the lone arrival at Anfield so far this summer season.
On the again of a marketing campaign which noticed key stoppers Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all struck down with long-time accidents, it got here as little shock when phrase was forthcoming that the Reds had been eyeing up reinforcements on the coronary heart of the membership’s backline.
Fairly than merely make the mortgage arrival of the largely spectacular Ozan Kabak everlasting, nevertheless, Klopp and co. opted for a big-money splash.
In flip, the aforementioned Konate was lured to Merseyside from RB Leipzig.
Liverpool are understood to have forked over round £36 million to push the deal over the road, with Konate anticipated to battle it out with Joe Gomez to determine himself as Virgil van Dijk’s first-choice companion over the seasons to come back.
Konate has after all since linked up together with his new teammates on Merseyside, forward of a prolonged coaching camp in Austria in anticipation of the approaching season.
And, on Thursday, the 22-year-old has spoken out for the primary time since being formally unveiled as a Liverpool participant.
Throughout an interview with LFCTV, Konate was drawn on an entire host of fascinating matters, together with which members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad he has so far struck up the perfect bond with.
And the French youth worldwide went on to call the likes of Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and, notably, defensive partner-to-be van Dijk:
Ibrahima Konate on which gamers he’s bonded with to date in Austria:
“With Van Dijk somewhat bit; Mane as a result of he speaks French; Naby, I knew him for a very long time; Origi and Salah. I feel I can converse with each participant step-by-step, it will likely be good.” #awlive [lfc] pic.twitter.com/MQtNAjhXvH
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) July 15, 2021
Konate additionally supplied an perception into the origins of the nickname given to the stopper by his mom, which has since caught thus far in his profession:
‘[Call me] Ibou as a result of after I was younger each time my mom referred to as me ‘Ibou, Ibou, Ibou’.’
‘On my first day with Leipzig she was with me and he or she stated each time ‘Ibou, Ibou, Ibou’ and [manager] Ralf Ragnick stated ‘why Ibou?’
‘And after I stated ‘it’s my nickname, my mom calls me that and my household too’…he stated ‘okay now it’s Ibou’. Now everybody calls me Ibou!’
— Liverpool FC Information (@LivEchoLFC) July 15, 2021
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