Liverpool have been able to complete the signing of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. The Reds have wasted no time in preparing for the 2021-22 campaign and they have addressed one of the primary concerns – lack of depth in the squad’s defensive areas. According to Sky Sports, Liverpool activated the player’s release contract, which stood at £36 million. RB Leipzig will be quite happy with the transfer fee received for the 22-year-old, who was signed from FC Sochaux on a free transfer back in 2017.
Konate was certainly not a regular for RB Leipzig after only making eight starts in the league for the German outfit. Over the course of the campaign, he featured in 21 matches for the club which finished second in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool have been able to agree a ‘long-term contract’ with the player, who is expected to join the club on July 1.
Liverpool had to make drastic and panic buys during the January transfer window, as many of the first-choice players Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez were unavailable for major parts of the campaign. There was certainly crisis at the back as Liverpool had to use midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho as centre-backs for a decent chunk of the campaign. The absence of these key players threatened to derail the team from the primary objective of finishing in the top four.
Yet, Liverpool put together an amazing run in the final 10 matches to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Konate is delighted with the move and Liverpool were able to grab him before the competition stiffened up. The player only had a contract until 2023. It is unlikely that Konate will move into the first-choice defensive role straight away. In the recent Champions League meeting between Liverpool and RB Leipzig, Konate was an unused substitute in both legs.