Klopp: There is a lot more to come from Konate

Sun 19 September 2021 | 11:44

The former Leipzig defender made his Liverpool debut on Saturday.

Liverpool defeated Crystal Palace with a 3-0 result on Saturday. Having arrived from RB Leipzig on a £36 million deal,

Ibrahima Konate

was given the chance to play his Liverpool debut against the Eagles.

The French defender was used alongside Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s backline. Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to keep a clean sheet throughout the game, but a few shaky moments from Konate disturbed the Reds’ solid performance.

In a post-match interview, the German coach was asked whether he sees Konate as a player who can easily adapt to his tactics.

"Definitely and I think that is very important. We all saw what potential the boy has, it is incredible, physically, his technique, his game-understanding, it is all there.”

the former Borussia Dortmund boss said.

"But when you are a young boy already skilled then you rely sometimes on those skills and the Premier League teaches you harsh lessons sometimes. Today against Palace was a good example, Wilf Zaha, Ayew, Edouard, these were proper strikers.

"Maybe it is not so nice when you play a completely new last line but together with Virg and Milly (James Milner, at right-back) it worked really well. Kostas Tsimikas played a superb game too.

"Konate is in a good way, I am really happy. But there is a lot more to come from Ibou, he is still young and yes he has to adapt, they have all had to adapt to the way we play and to the league as well because it is a special league."

Having won four of their first five league matches, Liverpool are leading the Premier League table. The Reds must face Norwich City in the Carabao Cup, before meeting Brentford in their next league game four days later.

source: SportMob

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