Konate has made a strong start to life at his new club, with the Frenchman yet to taste defeat in any of his 19 appearances so far – including 14 wins.
For that, Klopp is looking for his No. 5 to improve his concentration, saying in January: “When you are that skilled, that quick, that strong, then it’s pretty normal, especially when you are young, that your concentration level drops from time to time.”
The manager praised Konate as “physically outstanding,” and watching him throughout his first campaign at Anfield, it is clear that his strength and power could be moulded into an elite centre-back.
Klopp’s testimony that the 22-year-old is “that quick” has been highlighted by a new statistic courtesy of Opta:
36.7 – Antonio Rüdiger
36.6 – Mohamed Salah
36.6 – Adama Traoré
36.2 – Ibrahima Konaté
36.1 – Ollie Watkins
36.1 – Patson Daka
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2022
Konate is, impressively, faster than Leicester striker Patson Daka, who Van Dijk described as “crazy quick” after the 2-0 win at Anfield last month.
But this statistic does highlight the quickness Konate is able to pair with his immense strength, which makes him an ideal centre-back within Liverpool’s high line.