Liverpool closely monitoring 21-year-old French centre-back

It’s pretty common for a scout to attend a match to keep an eye on a certain footballer, only to be completely won over by the quality shown by a teammate instead.

Reds are just about managing to get by with their defence situation only now, but a heavy schedule and the fear of another injury means they really need to bring someone else to the Merseyside club in winter.

They were looking at RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano who’s been highly rated for a while, but he is starting to have a bit of a wobble this campaign. It also sounds like the Reds are hesitant to pay the €50m release clause to sign the centre-back in winter, so they’ve turned their attention to his teammate Ibrahima Konate instead.

It’s suggested that the Reds like the idea that he’s a year younger at the age of 21 but he’s also expected to cost much less, so there’s an opportunity that he could be brought in to add some quality to the defence.

Ibrahima doesn’t get as much attention as his teammate but he’s played in all of the UCL matches so far this campaign, while he does have similar qualities where he’s a tall, physical centre-back who also has pace and the ability to bring the ball out of back-line.