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Liverpool: Journalist claims Ibrahima Konate will join Reds

Liverpool: Journalist claims Ibrahima Konate will join Reds - Liverpool

Liverpool are on the verge of signing RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate this summer, according to journalist Patrick Berger.

The Lowdown: Liverpool’s primary target

Jurgen Klopp is almost certain to bring in at least one central defender in the next transfer window, following huge problems in that area this season.

Konate is the player who has been linked with Liverpool the most, suggesting he is the Reds’ primary target in that area.

The Frenchman has made 13 Bundesliga appearances this season and has been tipped by Leipzig coaches to be the best centre-back in the world one day.

The Latest: Journalist provides key update

According to Berger, SPORT1’s chief sports reporter, via his Twitter, Liverpool are on the ‘verge‘ of snapping up Konate, despite Leipzig wanting to keep hold of the 21-year-old.

It looks increasingly likely that Klopp believes the youngster is the man to add depth and quality, although it remains to be seen if Ozan Kabak will also come in permanently.

The Verdict: Excellent young addition

The only slight concern surrounding Konate is his injury record, but assuming he stays fit, he looks like a player of huge promise.

The fact that he has only averaged 0.5 tackles per game in the Bundesliga this season may not seem eye-catching, but it may suggest that his expert positional sense means he doesn’t need to jump in.

On top of that, Konate’s 86.7 percent pass completion rate means he would thrive in Klopp’s ball-playing style, maturing as a player over time and eventually being a potential long-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

In other news, some Liverpool fans have been calling for one player to stay put this summer. Find out who it is here.

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