Liverpool sign RB Leipzig Under-21 center-back Ibrahima Konate –

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Liverpool sign RB Leipzig Under-21 center-back Ibrahima Konate – fr


LIVERPOOL, England (AP) – Liverpool strengthened their defensive body on Friday by signing a contract with Ibrahima Konate of German club Leipzig.
Terms of the deal with the 22-year-old center-back were not disclosed, but British media reported the transfer fee was around $ 50 million. The contract starts on July 1st.

Defense was an off-season priority for Liverpool, who lost Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to long-term injuries.

“I have no doubts that we are recruiting a player who can play for us right away,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on the club’s website. “After the problems we had with injuries in the middle half last season, there is no doubt that it was clear that this was an area of ​​the team that we needed to strengthen.

The Frenchman, who played four seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, is currently training with the France Under-21 squad.

“Right now I’m focusing on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I’ll be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a good feeling,” Konate said.

Klopp said he had spotted Konate since the player’s days at French club Sochaux.

“At Ibrahima we sign a player who will add to the quality we already have here,” said Klopp. “His physical qualities are very impressive, he’s fast, he’s very strong and he’s dominant in the air.

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

Liverpool made a late run and finished third in the Premier League, securing a Champions League spot for next season.

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