Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has claimed Ibrahima Konate could be a quality option for Liverpool to bring in as a reserve option.
Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk has reported that Liverpool are keen on Konate and the French defender has a release clause in the region of £29m.
Robinson believes that £29m would be a superb price for the centre-back if Liverpool are able to sign him and is backing the defender to have an ‘amazing career’.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson reacted to the news of Konate’s potential price. “Konate is a top player.
“He will go on to have an amazing career at the highest level so if Liverpool can pick him up for that price, that is a great deal.
“When Klopp gets his all his centre-halves fit, it will be Van Dijk and Gomez that play but to have somebody of the age and quality of Konate in reserve would be fantastic.
“He would learn so much from playing alongside Van Dijk. He makes the players around him better. He even made Lovren look like a good player! There is a lot of bonuses to playing alongside Van Dijk.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
This is the first time I have seen a pundit speak about Konate in any way other than a frontline option next season for Liverpool. It is an interesting take from Robinson to call the Frenchman a potential reserve and one that could change how the transfer is viewed in the short-term.
Some Liverpool fans previously voiced their concerns over Konate’s injury record and his ability to remain available throughout the season for the Reds. Konate has suffered eight separate injuries during his time at Leipzig so far, proving himself to be rather unreliable as a starter. He has missed 46 competitive matches for Leipzig since the start of the 2018/19 campaign, which is a concern ahead of a potential transfer.
However, if he is coming in as a back-up/rotation option behind Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk then it may be less risky than initially thought. Konate could come in as a player to fill out the bench and be used when needed for a season or two before being able to develop into becoming a regular fixture in the first-team. Not playing week-in-week-out could also allow him to build up his fitness at the training ground and not overexpose his muscles to intense games every week in the Premier League.
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