The Lowdown: Konate on World Cup duty
Seven Reds players are taking part in the tournament in Qatar, with Konate representing Les Bleus, who as holders are one of the front-runners to lift the trophy.
The 23-year-old has only recently returned from injury but his influence has immediately shone through, especially in the 2-1 victory away to Tottenham, after which Jurgen Klopp said the “outstanding” defender had a “top game”.
It now looks as though Konate could be playing a prominent role for France as well, following a fresh claim.
The Latest: Konate could start for France
Taking to Twitter, Lawrence hinted that the Liverpool defender looks like the favourite to partner Raphael Varane at centre-back in Qatar.
Sharing a corresponding article for The Athletic, she stated:
“France have all sorts of uncertainty at the back ahead of their World Cup defence. So much rests on Varane, who is expected to be fit the first game. Konate is in the frame to partner him in defence.”
The Verdict: Massive chance to shine
This would be a hugely proud moment for Konate if Didier Deschamps does opt to start him, following an injury to Presnel Kimpembe which has ruled him out of the tournament.
It is a wonderful opportunity for the Liverpool youngster to shine on the biggest stage of all, not only enhancing his reputation but also looking to become a world champion at the same time.
The 23-year-old showed how much of a titan he can be at the back in the Reds’ win at Spurs a few days ago, winning a mammoth 11 duels against Antonio Conte’s side, the most of anyone on the pitch that day (Sofascore).
Konate may still be young but he is a player who likely won’t be overawed by playing on the world stage, and this could simply be the next pivotal moment in a career which is showing so much promise.
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