Ex-Leipzig “saw sincerity”

    “My goal thought is that there is no reason why I can’t become one of the best players in the world,” says Ibrahima Konaté. A noble intention of the Frenchman, who since leaving RB Leipzig, although still only 22 years old, has not necessarily had a regular place at Liverpool within reach. In an interview with the newspaper “TheTimes‘ said the junior international about his situation with the Reds and how Jürgen Klopp steered him to England.

    Klopp has only used the former protégé of fellow coach Ralf Rangnick on a meager 16 occasions this season. When Konaté expressed his optimism about the future to the newspaper, the EFL Cup final against Chelsea (11:10 for Liverpool n.E.) was still pending and with it the ultimately unfulfilled hope of a starting eleven in the final. The native of Paris was only allowed to play for the extension. He previously said: “As a footballer, the decisions you make regarding your career are the most important ones. I made the best decision and I’m very happy.”

    Konaté, Mustafi & Co.: Most expensive central defenders in football history

    20. Ibrahima Konate | 2021 for €40m from Leipzig to Liverpool

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    status of the data. February 28, 2022

    20. Raphael Varane | Real to Man Utd for €40m in 2021

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    19. Shkodran Mustafi | From Valencia to Arsenal in 2016 for €41m

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    16. Thiago Silva | 2012 for €42m from Milan to PSG

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    16. Davinson Sanchez | 2017 for €42m from Ajax to Tottenham

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    16.Leonardo Bonucci | 2017 for €41m from Juventus to Milan

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    15. Dayot Upamecano | 2021 for €42.5 million from RB to FC Bayern

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    14. Nicolas Otamendi | 2015 for €44.5m from Valencia to Man City

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    13. Eliaquim Mangala | 2014 for €45m from Porto to Man City

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    12. Nathan Aké | 2020 for €45.3m from Bournemouth to Man City

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    11.Rio Ferdinand | Leeds to Man United for €46m in 2002

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    10.David Luiz | From Chelsea to PSG in 2014 for €49.5m

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    9. Eder Militao | €50m transfer from Porto to Real Madrid in 2019

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    8. John Stones | From Everton to Man City in 2016 for €55.6m

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    7. Ben White | From Brighton & Hove to Arsenal in 2021 for €58.5m

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    6. Aymeric Laporte | 2018 for €65m from Bilbao to Man City

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    5. Ruben Dias | 2020 for €68m from Benfica to Man City

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    4. Lucas Hernandez | 2019 for €80 million from Atlético to FC Bayern

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    3. Virgil van Dijk | 2018 for €84.65m from Southampton to Liverpool

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    2. Matthijs de Ligt | 2019 for €85.5m from Ajax to Juventus

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    Meanwhile, Klopp is like a father to him. Konaté said: “Of course money is important, but in life it’s not the most important thing. Maybe you go to a club with a lot of money, but you don’t have a good relationship with the coach. So what? You don’t have to talk to the coach every day either, but Klopp, he could be my father. I know if I have a problem in life, he will help.”

    Konaté on Liverpool decision: What Papa Klopp would have advised

    Konaté also tested Klopp’s qualities as a father figure before moving to Liverpool. In a video call with the German trainer, he said: “Mr. Klopp, I have a question. If I were your son and your son in my situation, what advice would you give him? Klopp said: ‘Ok, this club is good and this club is good but for sure I would advise him to go to Liverpool.’ As he said this, I looked at nothing but his eyes. To see that he meant business. And I saw sincerity on his face.”

    On the other hand, according to reports, Chelsea and Real Madrid were also interested in paying Konaté’s exit clause in the Leipzig contract (40 million euros), as was Manchester United, where the player would have met his old mentor Rangnick again. Rangnick, as sports director, brought Konaté from Sochaux to Leipzig on a free transfer in 2017 and made him, as a coach, a regular. Accordingly, the professional is also diplomatic in relation to his old trainer. Konaté wanted the best for Liverpool, so what happened to interim coach Rangnick at Man United was “not my problem,” said the ex-protégé. He clarified, “I’m not saying I don’t care, but it’s not my problem.”

    12x 40 million euros or more: Liverpool FC’s most expensive additions

    16 Georginio Wijnaldum | 16/17 for €27.5m from Newcastle United

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    As of: After the 2022 winter transfer window

    15 Adam Lallana | 14/15 for €31m from Southampton FC

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    14 Alex Oxlade Chamberlain | 17/18 for €38m from Arsenal

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    14 Fernando Torres | 07/08 for €38m from Atlético Madrid

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    12 Ibrahima Konate | 21/22 for €40m from RB Leipzig

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    11 Andy Carroll | 10/11 for €41m from Newcastle United

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    11 Roberto Firmino | 15/16 for €41m from 1899 Hoffenheim

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    9 Sadio Mané | 16/17 for €41.2m from Southampton FC

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    8 Mohamed Salah | 17/18 for €42m from AS Roma

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    7 Diogo Iota | 20/21 for €44.7m from Wolverhampton

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    6 Luis Díaz I 21/22 for €45m from FC Porto

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    6 Fabino | 18/19 for €45m from AS Monaco

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    4 Christian Benteke | 15/16 for €46.5m from Aston Villa

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    3 Naby Keïta | 18/19 for €60m from RB Leipzig

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    2 Alison | 18/19 for €62.5m from AS Roma

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    1 Virgil van Dijk | 17/18 for €84.7m from Southampton FC

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