Ibrahima Konate showed how important he is to Jurgen Klopp’s team during Spurs’ loss earlier today.
The Frenchman, who recently returned from a knee injury sustained during pre-season, was at his dominant best against Antonio Conte’s side as the Reds recorded their first away Premier League win of the season.
It was the first time Jurgen Klopp’s side had won away from home in the league since a 2-1 loss to Southampton in May.
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The former RB Leipzig man dominated in the air, winning 11 aerial duels and regaining possession for his team nine times (Squawka) while shining alongside Virgil van Dijk.
It was exactly the kind of performance the Paris-born centre-back needed as the Qatar World Cup approaches and Konate looks set to be included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the tournament.
Klopp described the £36m performance as “outstanding” in his post-match press conference and it’s hard not to agree with the German strategist.
Despite the size and strength of the central defender, his pace is something that draws attention as it is very rare that you see a forward running past.
The No. 5 will be looking to gain more minutes, either against Derby County in the League Cup on Wednesday or Southampton at Anfield next weekend, before the World Cup kicks off on November 20.
Check out a compilation of Konate’s Spurs performance below via @CF_Compss on Twitter:
Konate vs. tottenham
— CF Comps (@CF_Compss) November 6, 2022
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