Who is Ibrahima Konaté, the great hope of Liverpool and the Blues? — Foot11.com

Sochaux player until 2017, Ibrahima Konaté then went into exile to reveal himself. Brilliant with Leipzig then Liverpool, the solid central defender logically knocked on the door of the France team. And this just a few months before the World Cup in Qatar. More

June 10, 2022 will remain as a very important date for Ibrahima Konaté. It was on this day that the 23-year-old central defender celebrated his very first selection for the France team, in Austria. Not a consecration, but a logical continuation after a course of great beauty. Which is, presumably, far from over.

Training in Sochaux before hatching in Germany

It only took him 12 small Ligue 2 matches. Born in Paris, trained at Paris FC, Ibrahima Konaté took over the management of FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 2014. Then everything accelerated. The central defender at 93 meters went from the Sochaux reserve team to the pros, then in L2. As we said, a dozen meetings will have been enough for the recruiters of RB Leipzig to want to recruit him. In 2017, the Germans smell once again the good deal by recruiting Konaté free, because at the end of the contract. The beginning of a great adventure in the Bundesliga.

Ibrahima Konaté with the France team (Icon Sport)
Ibrahima Konaté with the France team (Icon Sport)

The 2017/2018 season will clearly have been the most successful for Ibrahima Konaté in Germany. With a total of 43 matches played, football Europe has been able to follow the player’s development closely, in the European Cup in particular. Unfortunately, Leipzig will finish second in the Bundesliga in 2021 and be German Cup runners-up the same year. As in 2019 moreover. Ibrahima Konaté, in search of the title, therefore decided to leave Leipzig on July 1, 2021. Liverpool, a true monument of English football, then agreed to pay 40 million euros to recruit the Frenchman. Well he took it.

An ascending course in Liverpool, Ibrahima Konaté tastes the Blues

Of course, we could say that with a total of 11 starts over the whole of the past Premier League season, Ibrahima Konaté has not really made a place for himself in Liverpool. However, in May 2022, the young defender was lined up three times in four days. In the Champions League, after spending the first four days on the bench, the Parisian Titi was established eight times in nine games, until the final, unfortunately lost by nothing against Real Madrid. It is therefore rather logical that Konaté was called up for the French team for the first time in June 2022.

It took a last minute package from the innkeeper Raphaël Varane for Didier Deschamps, the national coach, to trust Ibrahima Konaté. For his big debut in Austria, the former Sochalien did not disappoint. However, the tricolor defense did not give all the hoped-for signs of satisfaction on the June tour. With a William Saliba and a Jules Koundé still too tender, despite obvious qualities. Konaté, he stayed on what he was doing with the Reds. With solidity and a quality of decisive first recovery on the goal of Kylian Mbappé in Vienna. With a contract that runs until 2026, Ibrahima Konaté should still have good days ahead of him in England… and with France, while the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is looming? That’s all the harm we can wish him.

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