Liverpool linked with RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate and some interesting talking points in my opinion

Early this morning news broke from the credible David Ornstein that Liverpool are close to agreeing on a deal for the 21-year-old French center-back who has a €40m release clause.

Konate has started four games while making five substitution appearances in the Bundesliga while starting five games in the Champions League.

Talking points
It’s in the headline so let’s get down to them,

Which one Liverpool’s center-backs will have to make way for Konate
According to Liverpool’s website, they have six center-backs (excluding Kabak) on their books. With the majority of those players signed on a long-term deals there is a question as to who will make way for Konate.
Konate’s arrival could mean the end of Joel Matip’s time in Merseyside or maybe new acquired Ben Davies could go out on a season long loan.

Are RB Leipzig the new Southampton?
Liverpool will be caught circling around RB Leipzig for another of their talents this season after having done the same in the cases of Naby Keita and Timo Werner.
Although they have signed one and declined to sign the other signing Konate would mean they are the team Liverpool will easily look to engage for business based on how they seem to unearth top talent. Something the Reds did with Southampton in years gone by. And looking at the Leipzig roster, who is to say Liverpool won’t be calling soon again.

The wealth of talent at center-back for France
It doesn’t get much better than picking a side to represent France in international football. They like Portugal have incredible depth in all positions but the depth at center-back is light-years ahead of any other nation on planet earth.

France center-back options:

🇫🇷 Umtiti
🇫🇷 Laporte
🇫🇷 Lenglet
🇫🇷 Kimpembe
🇫🇷 Hernández
🇫🇷 Niakhaté
🇫🇷 Zagadou
🇫🇷 N’Dicka
🇫🇷 Sarr
🇫🇷 Badiashile
🇫🇷 Varane
🇫🇷 Zouma
🇫🇷 Pavard
🇫🇷 Le Normand
🇫🇷 Koundé
🇫🇷 Upamecano
🇫🇷 Konaté
🇫🇷 Todibo
🇫🇷 Simakan
🇫🇷 Fofana
🇫🇷 Saliba
🇫🇷 Diakité
🇫🇷 Nianzou

Konate will be a welcome addition to the Liverpool side, however, his injury history will be worrying.

Philani Mukwakwami

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