The centre-back was confirmed in Didier Deschamps final 26-man squad on Wednesday, having recently returned from injury with the Reds.
And with just one week to go until the tournament gets underway in Qatar, Konate was not named in the Liverpool squad to face the Saints.
The boss believes Konate should be fine in “five or six days,” with the 23-year-old still expected to join up with his France team-mates on Monday.
Had the problem been more serious, though, there’s every chance Konate would have had to miss the World Cup, such is the ludicrous scheduling that sees the tournament begin just one week after the top European leagues grind to a halt.
“It maybe needs five or six days, then he should be fine.
“But for everybody, it’s a catastrophe. You’re happy when you get the call that you’re in the squad, and then you have to get through.
“I know, the boys are professionals, but the professional is not the problem, the human side causes us some struggles.”
French football journalist Julien Laurens has also reported that there is “nothing to worry about” in regards to Konate’s fitness.
I’m being told that there is nothing to worry about for Ibrahima Konaté. It’s a knock and no risks were taken. It will be at Clairefontaine on Monday to meet up with his France teammates. @ESPNFC
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) November 12, 2022
Laurens claims Liverpool were not keen to take any risks with Konate against Southampton, and says he’ll report to France’s training camp as normal at the start of next week.
After a hugely impressive debut campaign with the Reds, the ex-RB Leipzig centre-back has been thwarted by injuries for much of this season.
The knee injury he picked up in Liverpool’s final pre-season match against Strasbourg kept him out for the first two months of the season, with another minor setback last month.
It’s unclear how often Konate will feature in Qatar, but Klopp, and Liverpool supporters all over the land, will certainly be hoping he comes through the tournament unscathed.