The French defender rose through the ranks at Sochaux before joining RB Leipzig in 2017. Since then, the youngster has drawn attention with his assured performances at the back for the Bundesliga.
His team-mate Dayot Upamecano has drawn attention over the past 12 months, earning a transfer to Bayern Munich. And with Liverpool in a hurry to steal Konate this summer, the Frenchman shed light on the same.
Konate, who currently plays for France at the U-21 Euros in Hungary, is trying to secure his team’s passage beyond the group stages of the competition. Talk to The team, the Liverpool target said he just wanted to be left alone while insisting he was not following any transfer rumors.
“I woke up; I saw my phone ringing all over the place. I just wanted to tell them, ‘Hey, I played yesterday, I’m tired, leave me alone.’ Frankly, I’m not even looking at this. We are. can’t focus on that, there’s the Euros and then my return to the club. You have to focus on that and not on the outside things, “said Konate.
Liverpool tried to secure the Frenchman’s services in January but were frustrated with the player’s assessment.
With injuries to the main center-backs destroying their season, Liverpool finally reached a loan deal for Schalke defender Ozan Kabak and bought Ben Davies from Preston. However, Jurgen Klopp is expected to reinvest in a defender this summer, with Virgil van Dijk injury revealing the fragility of Liverpool’s defense.
Liverpool want a long-term solution to their defensive problems
Liverpool saw their title defense evaporate midway through the season due to a string of back-end injuries.
Apart from Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool are also missing Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who are not expected to return this season. Moreover, captain Jordan Henderson, who played as a makeshift center-back, is also sidelined for the time being.
Even though the Reds have invested in temporary cover for their defensive issues, Klopp is believed to be considering a long-term solution this summer.
And Liverpool believe Konate could be the man to help them tackle a title challenge next season. It remains to be seen if the Reds manage to reach their goal this summer.