Experienced Konate has world class potential - Klopp's assistant

Thu 01 July 2021 | 12:28

The French defender will play in Liverpool's defense from next season


assistant coach Peter Krawietz believes Ibrahima Konate, who recently joined Liverpool for £40 million, has great potential.

After several injuries to Liverpool's defense last season, Jürgen Klopp is considering strengthening his side in defensive rank for next season. They have hired the young French defender this summer and have high hopes for him. Now Krawietz claims that Konate, at a young age, is very experienced and has excellent potential.

He told

Liverpool's official website


"In him we see the absolute potential to develop into a world-class centre-half. That’s what we want.

"He is a young player still, but also experienced. He played a few years in the German Bundesliga and for several of the French national teams. 

"His qualities are pretty obvious. He is a smart centre-half in terms of defending and of course he has the physical body to be a proper centre-half. 

"In England we all know what the things are they need to bring to the team: they need to be tall, they need to be quick, they need to be strong in the air and of course it’s important always for us as well that they fit in our tactical profile. In him, we see all of these qualities."

Konate joined


in 2017 and played a total of 94 games for the team over 4 years.

Krawietz added: "

In defending, he was well educated in Leipzig and we saw that he will be able to learn all the details we want from our centre-halves. 

"He is also very, very comfortable and calm on the ball, which is so important for us and our style of football, which is to realise a really calm and safe build-up for our attacking situations. We see all these qualities in him and that is why he is such a promising and interesting package. 

"Now we are very much looking forward to adding him to our group of centre-halves. We are very, very positive about him and very optimistic about the development he will need to do. It will be a process to learn all these things, but his quality and talent are so obvious."

source: SportMob

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