The 22-year-old led a talented France side to the quarter-final game against the Netherlands on Monday, just three days after sealing his move to Liverpool.
Konate has lined up alongside former RB Leipzig teammate and soon to be linked with Bayern Munich Dayot Upamecano, a central support duo who could compete with senior teams, and ahead of Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier.
Houssem Aouar, whose interest Liverpool are known for, also lined up alongside Konate against a Dutch side with Sven Botman, who was linked to the Reds in the winter window.
Konate took the place of right center-back and showed his pace and reaction time, unafraid to help cover his teammates when danger presented itself.
And France took the upper hand in the 23rd minute thanks to a resounding header from Upamecano, who was not scored from a corner and helped lead the ball into the net.
The Dutch threatened to equalize as France saw one of their efforts have to be knocked down before the end of the first 45.
But the Dutch would equalize just six minutes after half-time thanks to AZ Alkmaar’s Myron Boadu, after intercepting a shot from inside the box that was judged narrowly as VAR was not used during the tournament. .
A breakaway from France seemed destined to see them regain the lead, only for a desperate defense and the right to deny them.
At the other end, Konate was instrumental in stopping an attack on his track with a well-timed tackle at the edge of his zone.
But a late drama would see France stunned to death despite their late dominance after Boadu scored their second of the day just as extra time seemed certain to decide the draw.
Fans watching noted the impressive nature of Konate’s performance:
Nice performance of Ibrahima Konaté regardless of the elimination of France from the U21 EURO. Calm, leader in the back, read well. Won the duels he faced. Started playing well. He was a good captain for his team.
– Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) May 31, 2021
Konate looks like the full set uno his defensive positioning may improve although this will come with experience.
– DE (@Auxanooo) May 31, 2021
— TalkingRed BLM ??19?? CHAMPIONS DE LA LIGUE (@TalkingRed23) May 31, 2021
This means Konate will start his six-week summer hiatus which will ease his transition before bonding with members of the Liverpool squad for the start of the preseason on July 12.