After Liverpool’s underwhelming performance in the Premier League this year, it is clear they had some critical issues in the center-back department. With the absence of assets such as Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, and Joel Matip. Matip’s injury was even more damaging to the team as it left them without a senior central defender. Earlier in their Premier League campaign, the Reds could not get through a week without succumbing to injuries. Many influential team members spent a significant amount of time on the sidelines — Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander- Arnold, and even world-class goalkeeper Alisson Becker.
Fortunately, the transfers have begun, and it will take calculated moves and signings to restore Liverpool to their 2019/20 campaign glory. The first signing for the summer is RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, who signed a five-year contract on Friday. According to recent reports, Konate is worth £36m and will even be present in Liverpool’s line-up for the opening game on August 14.
Konate is a young yet highly experienced individual with around 95 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga title contenders. He also completed eight runouts in the Champions League with RB Leipzig.
The 22-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.
“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family, and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.
“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition, I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world, and that gives me a great feeling.
“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there — the coaches, my teammates, the staff, and especially the fans.
“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player but a better man, and I will always be grateful for it.”
In other news, Georginio Wijnaldum has been signed by Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Liverpool. Wijnaldum’s departure is quite emotional, and the Dutchman has made a whopping 237 appearances for Liverpool since joining in July 2016. He also won the Champions League and Premier League during his five-year spell at Anfield. The 30-year-old played his final Liverpool game last month and also received a guard of honor.
To the public’s surprise, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s star striker, has not been offered a contract renewal yet. According to recent developments, Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita could be missing for up to six matches next season due to the Africa Cup of Nations. Liverpool will be without two of their most influential players, which raises concerns for many. Could this be the reason why Klopp is searching for potential replacements?
Perhaps that is why Liverpool is interested in Domenico Berardi as a potential replacement for the Egyptian King, who also appears in Sportingbet’s list of Europe’s Deadliest Strikers. An approximate fee of €50m would be required to transfer him from the Serie A side, and although none of the interested parties (including Liverpool) have made any formal offers or requests, they could ‘arrive shortly’.