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« on: May 28, 2021, 12:59:26 pm »
Liverpool Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

The 22-year-old defender has agreed a long-term contract with the Reds from July 1, subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process, after finalising terms and passing a medical.

Konate told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.

“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.

“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”

Konate will move to Anfield after four seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, where he made 95 appearances and scored four goals. He also clocked up eight runouts in the Champions League with the German club.

Prior to switching to Die Roten Bullen, the centre-back made his breakthrough into senior football at Sochaux after graduating through their academy.

Konate is currently with France’s U21 squad for the UEFA European Championships. To date, he has 12 caps for his country at that level.

His squad number at Liverpool will be confirmed in due course.

https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/435628-liverpool-agree-deal-to-sign-ibrahima-konate-from-rb-leipzig

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2021, 01:01:31 pm »
Good stuff. I've been keen on his signing for longer than Samie. Just cos I don't go on about it  :-*

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2021, 01:02:19 pm »
Not hanging about are we.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2021, 01:02:33 pm »
Welcome to club, now please don't get injured. :wave

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2021, 01:02:36 pm »
Welcome to best club in the world Ibrahima!
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 01:02:43 pm »
Boom.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 01:03:47 pm »
The New Big Man!  8)


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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2021, 01:03:52 pm »
Boom, that escalated quickly!

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2021, 01:04:04 pm »
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2021, 01:04:59 pm »
Good stuff. I've been keen on his signing for longer than Samie. Just cos I don't go on about it  :-*

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2021, 01:05:14 pm »
Exciting.
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Re: Konate signs
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2021, 01:05:52 pm »
Biatch, don't take away my commission.  ;D

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2021, 01:06:30 pm »
That looks ominous
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2021, 01:07:13 pm »
Bienvenue Ibrahima!  :scarf

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2021, 01:07:47 pm »
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Jürgen Klopp is confident Ibrahima Konate has the quality to immediately challenge for a first-team berth at Liverpool, but believes the centre-back's vast potential means he can develop into an even better talent at Anfield.

The Reds have agreed a deal to sign the 22-year-old from RB Leipzig on July 1, subject to international clearance and the successful application of a work permit.

Konate, who is currently with France preparing for the UEFA U21 European Championships, will then become the club’s first signing of the summer.

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add a player of Ibrahima’s quality to our squad and he is someone I’ve admired for a long time, ever since I first became aware of his potential when he was at Sochaux,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“After the problems we had with injuries in the centre-half position last season, there’s no doubt it was clear it was an area of the team we needed to strengthen – but I first have to say that the job Nat, Rhys and Ozan did was incredible. Unbelievable really.

“In Ibrahima we are signing a player who will add to the quality we already have here. His physical attributes are very impressive; he is quick, he is very strong and he is dominant in the air.

“He comes to us after playing more than 90 times for Leipzig in the Bundesliga and European football. I’m sure that number would have been more but for some injury, but even so that means he already has experience of what it takes to compete in two outstandingly difficult competitions.

“He also played for a team in the Champions League in high-pressure matches, who have a similar football vision to ourselves.

“I am confident we are signing a player who can play for us right away, but he is a boy of 22 years of age who has room to improve because of his massive potential. I know that’s something he is eager to work on with us to become an even better player.

“For me, that’s really exciting because I have seen how good he is already and I’m looking forward to working with him when he joins up with us in pre-season.”

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2021, 01:08:34 pm »
Welcome to the greatest club in the world.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2021, 01:08:51 pm »
Biatch, don't take away my commission.  ;D
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2021, 01:09:30 pm »
From RB Leipzig’s official site:

Au revoir, Ibou! Ibrahima Konaté will leave the Bulls to join English Premier League side Liverpool on 1st July 2021. The centre defender leaves the club after four successful years and signed a long-term contract with the Reds.
 
Konaté joined the club on a free transfer from French second-division club FC Sochaux in the summer of 2017, at 18 years of age. After two appearances for U19 team, he made his professional RBL debut in October 2017.
 
Ibou was able to break through into the starting lineup within a short time and formed what was the youngest centre-back pairing in the Bundesliga for a time alongside French compatriot and friend Dayot Upamecano. Konaté was part of the team that reached the final of the DFB Pokal for the first time in club history in May 2019.
 
The two seasons that followed brought injury difficulties and as a result, Konaté has only featured on 32 occasions over the past two campaigns.
 
The 22-year-old wore the RBL colours a total of 97 times (95 for the first team), scoring four goals and providing one assist.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2021, 01:09:53 pm »
Welcome Ibuprofen!
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2021, 01:09:54 pm »
Excellent!

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2021, 01:09:55 pm »
Get in ya beautiful bastard!
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2021, 01:10:24 pm »
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2021, 01:10:30 pm »
Setting our stall out early.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2021, 01:11:30 pm »
Good stuff!

Hopefully he will add competition in defence.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2021, 01:13:06 pm »
Welcome Ibuprofen!

Joe Kinnear in the house!
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2021, 01:13:18 pm »
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2021, 01:13:21 pm »
Lets hope he's got pickford proof legs

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2021, 01:13:46 pm »
Heard he's injured already. Out for 8 months.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2021, 01:14:32 pm »
Welcome Ibuprofen!

that’s one of his nicknames  8)
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2021, 01:14:53 pm »
Good luck to him! He will be a good backup to Phillips.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #31 on: May 28, 2021, 01:15:29 pm »
Is he as tall as Van Dijk? That is huge if so.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #32 on: May 28, 2021, 01:15:35 pm »
My cup, it runneth over, I'll never get my fill

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2021, 01:15:48 pm »
Konate to undergo scan on injury sustained whilst signing contract

Ibrahima Konate is expected to be out until the new year after pulling his hamstring walking through the doors to Anfield for his unveiling photos.
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2021, 01:16:10 pm »
Get in.


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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2021, 01:16:51 pm »
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2021, 01:16:56 pm »
Beatings will continue until morale improves...

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #37 on: May 28, 2021, 01:18:36 pm »
Is Awfuul Jacke't another French U21?
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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2021, 01:20:25 pm »
Tick.

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Re: Konate signs
« Reply #39 on: May 28, 2021, 01:21:54 pm »
Since haste quite Schorsch, but Liverpool are genuine fight pigs...