Jurgen Klopp ‘closes’ in Liverpool’s first transfer after securing Champions League berth –

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Jurgen Klopp ‘closes’ in Liverpool’s first transfer after securing Champions League berth – fr


Despite a top-four ranking looking questionable at one point this season, Liverpool were able to qualify for next season’s edition of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the final day of the season.
The victory saw them finish third, two points ahead of Chelsea and three points above Leicester.

Now that the Reds have secured their place in the elite European competition, they can now look to the summer transfer window.

In March, Athletic first announced that Liverpool were in the process of making a deal to bring RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate to Anfield.



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp set to welcome Ibrahima Konate to Anfield this summer

Now German store SportBuzzer reports Konate will “almost certainly” join Liverpool this summer.

The addition of Konate will bolster Jurgen Klopp’s options at center-back, having seen Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all sidelined by serious injuries this season.

Halfway through the campaign, Liverpool signed Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak to provide cover, with Davies joining from Preston North End in a permanent deal and Kabak signing a loan from Schalke.



Konate reportedly closer to move to Liverpool

Davies is yet to make his competitive debut for Liverpool, while Kabak has made 13 appearances in all competitions.

The Reds have the option to make the 21-year-old’s loan deal permanent this summer, but Klopp recently revealed that the club have yet to make a decision on his future.

“Ozan was absolutely amazing, he did a great job,” Klopp said. “Not to mention that he is a young, young boy with already incredible experience.

“He was a part of different clubs, moved early from Turkey to Germany and played for two big German clubs in difficult situations which obviously weren’t his fault, we all got to see that when he got here.

“Yeah, he took a little while to adjust, but he did some great things for us. I don’t know how many games came out but against Leipzig. [in the Champions League] he was amazing, we knew how good leipzig could be.

“About the future, we’ll talk about it after that, and decide after the last game. There is obviously enough time for that, nothing more to say about it. “



Liverpool have option to make Ozan Kabak loan permanent this summer

Kabak, meanwhile, said he wanted to stay at Anfield, saying: “Of course. It’s Liverpool. Of course, I want to stay.

“Jurgen hasn’t said anything yet. We are not talking about this topic at the moment. We will see. It’s a huge club, I’m very proud to wear this jersey so far. Every moment, every minute I’m proud I’ve tried to give my best so far I’ve done my job.

“We’ll see what happens next season, but regardless, I really enjoyed it and I appreciate what everyone has done for me.

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