Liverpool have been dealt a potential scare regarding the fitness of defender Ibrahima Konate.
The Lowdown: Konate’s World Cup efforts
With domestic football on hold, the centre-back has been showing his talent on the international stage with France at the World Cup in Qatar.
Throughout the tournament, the 23-year-old has made four appearances for Didier Deschamps’ side, helping them get to the final.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s all-important clash against Argentina to see who will be lifting the trophy, there have been some concerns regarding Konate’s fitness.
The Latest: Konate fitness worry
The report also adds that the £70k-per-week Liverpool defender has more prominent symptoms than his fellow countryman.
The Verdict: A concern for Liverpool
To highlight how impressive the centre-back has been for France in this World Cup, Konate has made more clearances (14) than any other player in the squad, as well as having the joint-highest combined total of tackles and interceptions (22) as well as one of the highest passing accuracy percentages (91.8%).
His performances across the tournament have earned him an overall rating of 7.1/10 from WhoScored, making him the eighth-highest rated player in the squad.
Having also been hailed as an “incredible” player by fellow Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, this further showcases just how impressive Konate is and why he’d be a big miss for club and country if he’s likely to miss any matches in the near future.
Moving forward, it’s safe to say that everyone in the France camp and everyone at Liverpool will have their fingers crossed that Konate will not only be fit enough to feature against Argentina but also be in the right shape to come back to England and get back into the swing of club football once again.
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