Liverpool close to signing the highly coveted but injury-prone RB Leipzig centre-back

29.3.2021.  
Liverpool close to signing the highly coveted but injury-prone RB Leipzig centre-back

A little over a month ago Bayern Munich announced that the team will be stronger for Dayot Upamecano next season, the in-demand RB Leipzig defender. Now, it seems that the Red Bulls of Bundesliga will be losing another one of their highly-rated young centre-backs as Liverpool has set its sights on Ibrahima Konate. The Athletic confirms the club is actually in the final process of securing the transfer. 


The 21-year-old has the same release clause as the year older, more recognizable Upamecano. But what should be worrying here is the injury track record the France U21 representative has accumulated.


Since arriving from Sochaux in the summer of 2017 as a free transfer, Konate has made 89 appearances for the club, 61 of which in the league. But he played only eight games in the previous season because of a muscle fibre injury that kept him off the pitch for 29 games. From October to May. In the current season, two different injuries held him off the matchday squad on 15 occasions.


While the Paris-born player was dealing with smaller knocks throughout his RB Leipzig career.


With the state of the Reds' backline this season, the move doesn't look all that exciting, rather concerning. Considering that besides Virgil Van Dijk, the other two LFC centre-backs are very injury prone.


But the club is expected to part ways with the 29-year-old Joel Matip and that's why the backline won't be as overcrowded next season as the infirmary was this one. LFC brought in Ozan Kabak, a young prodigy, on loan in the winter with the potential of making his stay permanent. Despite his rocky start, the Anfield side will most likely activate the buy out clause.


The side also brought in Ben Davies from Championship and he could stay as the fourth option next season. While that is most likely not the case for Nat Phillips, a reserves player that had to step up in the current season.



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