The newcomer to Liverpool, the young French defender, Ibrahima Konate, gave a press interview to the official website of his club, in which he spoke about his first impressions inside the Merseyside Reds.
On May 28, Liverpool announced the inclusion of Konate from Leipzig on a long-term contract, for 36 million pounds.
Konate is with Liverpool, in the Reds training camp in Austria, and has been training for more than a week with the team, and Ibrahima said: “I am very happy to be here with the team, my first impressions, I am very happy because I work with great players and I know that I will improve here over time.” .
He added: “We are training very hard and it is not easy, I am training with my teammates, ready to work hard, I will wear the number 5 shirt and I know it is an important number in this club, I do not have a lot of pressure, but there is a little pressure because I have to improve.” For the future, I hope to do great things with this shirt.”
When asked, “I trained with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, are these players that you hope to learn from?” He replied: “Yes, of course, I will learn from these great players.”
“But not only with these players, with every player in this team, it’s just the beginning and with time I will get much better.”
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And about the players with whom he has a close relationship: “A little Van Dijk, Mane because he speaks French, Naby Keita for sure I’ve known him for a long time, Origi and Mohamed Salah, I think I can talk to every player step by step, that would be good, they are very good guys.”
And about his talks with German Juergen Klopp, before moving to Liverpool: “We have already spoken before signing, but this will remain between us, I know I am very young but this is not important, I have to improve on the pitch and work hard.”
And in response to what can Liverpool fans expect of you? Can you describe your method to them?” He replied, “I am big and strong and I am not afraid of the ball! I can score more with my feet than my head, it’s a bit weird! But that’s me! I have that quality, but I have to work over and over to get better.”
He concluded his statements by talking about a nickname he likes to call him, saying: “(Ebo), when I was young, my mother used to tell me Ibo, and on the first day in Leipzig she was with me and she used to tell me Ibo, and everyone now deals with me with this title.”