Liverpool received a heavy blow when Virgil van Dijk was lost to a late-season injury in October, then suffered more injuries when center-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were sidelined.
The Reds brought Ozan Kabak at the end of the January transfer window on loan from Schalke for the remainder of the season and signed a permanent contract with Preston’s Ben Davies on deadline day. Academy graduate Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams also enjoyed consistent playing time this term, with Jurgen Klopp going through a defensive selection slump.
Athletic reported that Liverpool were close to finalizing a deal for Konate, whose contract would contain a release clause of around £ 34.15million (€ 40million), but Leipzig manager Krosche has said the 21-year-old France international has a great future ahead of him. him in Germany.
“I think that’s not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said of Konate, who has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season and has a contract at Leipzig until June 2023.
“He has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us.
“He was unlucky last year because he had a long term injury, but this year he’s developing well and he’s an extremely important player with a lot of potential.
“We want to help him develop further, and we play in Europe and have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us. ”
Sky Germany report that Konate is unhappy with the playing time he has had under Julian Nagelsmann this season, with it being understood that Liverpool are currently considering a number of central defensive options.
Leipzig are second in the Bundesliga with 57 points, four behind Bayern Munich, which they host on Saturday.
Bayern have beaten a number of Premier League clubs with the signing of Leipzig center-back Dayot Upamecano, and the 22-year-old Frenchman will move to the Allianz Arena this summer.