Liverpool keeping close tabs with 21-year-old French defender

The Merseyside club have inched closer to securing the services of Ibrahima Konate in the summer transfer window. U21 France international has agreed on personal terms with the PL heavyweights, who are set to sign him from RB Leipzig in a deal worth €35m.

Ibrahima has long been regarded as one of the most talented young centre-backs in the Bundesliga, his injury record notwithstanding. In fact, it is a testament to his potential that Konate is still quite highly rated despite missing a major chunk of the last couple of campaigns due to several fitness-related issues.

The same has been the case this campaign, with the 21-year-old defender managing just a little over 1000 minutes of action so far, starting just 11 of the 42 matches that Leipzig have played this term.

The French centre-back’s poor track record on the fitness front, though, has never deterred possible suitors and Reds have been hot on his trails for quite some time now.

Reds interest in Ibrahima is not new, but Liverpool look to have been taking a serious look at the defender in the past month or so. In fact, it took little time for the rumour mill to suggest that they had even reached a verbal agreement with Konate, as they looked to bolster their back-line heading into the summer transfer window.

With Virgil van Dijk, Gomez and Joel Matip being sidelined for much of the ongoing season, Reds soft underbelly has been exposed brutally this term. Such has been their predicament that Klopp has had to deploy Fabinho as a makeshift defender, although the advent of Phillips coupled with the signing of Kabak has helped matters.