Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk reacts to his teammate Ibrahima Konate’s callup to the French national squad for the FIFA World Cup
The pair have developed a close understanding over the last season and it would be wise to argue that many would consider them to be our best centre-back pairing.
Injury to Konate at the beginning of the season played a very big factor in the dismal start to the season where the team has been found guilty of having a bleak defence.
Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are good defenders and definitely deserve to be part of the team. However, the surge of strength, speed and composure that Konate provides only adds to the qualities possessed by Van Dijk, making them a formidable pair.
Our unprecedented quadruple run last season was in many ways down to the strong defence which allowed us to play a high line and constantly attack the opposition’s goal.
Signed from RB Leipzig in 2021 for £36million, Konate came to Anfield on top of a big hype from the Bundesliga as one of the best up-and-coming talents.
His start to life at the club was slow but eventually, he made his presence felt and is now definitely a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plan.
His selection to represent the national team for the FIFA World Cup would only give the world of confidence to the player who had to fight amongst a great herd of talented French defenders.
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Many thought that an injury situation would disrupt the Liverpool man’s chances of securing the World Cup seat but with the official squad confirmed, hopefully, Didier Deschamps puts trust in the player and allow him to compete with the best when the FIFA World Cup starts in November.