Liverpool trigger Ibrahima Konate release clause

Reports suggest that Liverpool have triggered Ibrahima Konate’s £36m release clause and hope to close a deal for the RB Leipzig defender in the coming days. Discussions are underway between both clubs for the 22-year-old center-back.

Konate played 21 games for RB Leipzig this season with 8 starts in the Bundesliga as they finished second, 13 points behind eventual champions Bayern Munich.

Liverpool need reinforcements in defense and the France U21 international alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip who will be hoping to return before the start of next season will ensure this.

It can be recalled that the aforementioned trio played no part in the majority of the 2020/21 season due to injuries.

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Due to the injuries at the back, the likes of Fabinho and Henderson were deployed at center-back whilst Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams were the defensive pairings as the season came to a close with the Reds securing a place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool signed Ben Davies on a permanent deal and Ozan Kabak on loan in January to remedy the defensive issues.

However, Davies is yet to make his debut for Liverpool and was an unused sub 8 times while Kabak made 13 appearances but will likely return to Germany despite the club’s option to buy the 21-year-old this summer.

At RB Leipzig, Willi Orban and Dayot Upamecano played most of the season at center-back while Konate was ruled out of action for two months after picking up an ankle injury in December.

After returning to action, he was an unused substitute in the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clashed against Liverpool. His contract with the Bundesliga outfit will expire in 2023.