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Jurgen Klopp reacts to the signing of Ibrahima Konate

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

The Reds signed the 22 year old French defender on a long term deal from the German club and Klopp believes but the youngster will add quality and potential to his squad next season.

Konate is rated highly across Europe and it will be interesting to see if he can form a quality defensive partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk next season.

The likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have been extremely injury prone and the Reds needed to bring in a reliable defensive partner for van Dijk.

It will be interesting to see you the French defender can adapt to the Premier League quickly and make an immediate impact next season.

He has been one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga over the past year and he has the potential to succeed in English football as well.

Speaking to the club’s website regarding his arrival, Klopp said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to add a player of Ibrahima’s quality to our squad and he is someone I’ve admired for a long time, ever since I first became aware of his potential when he was at Sochaux.

“After the problems we had with injuries in the centre-half position last season, there’s no doubt it was clear it was an area of the team we needed to strengthen – but I first have to say that the job Nat, Rhys and Ozan did was incredible. Unbelievable really.

“In Ibrahima we are signing a player who will add to the quality we already have here. His physical attributes are very impressive; he is quick, he is very strong and he is dominant in the air.

“He comes to us after playing more than 90 times for Leipzig in the Bundesliga and European football. I’m sure that number would have been more but for some injury, but even so that means he already has experience of what it takes to compete in two outstandingly difficult competitions.

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

“I am confident we are signing a player who can play for us right away, but he is a boy of 22 years of age who has room to improve because of his massive potential. I know that’s something he is eager to work on with us to become an even better player.

“For me, that’s really exciting because I have seen how good he is already and I’m looking forward to working with him when he joins up with us in pre-season.”

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