Ibrahima Konate enjoys studying from “the best in the world” Virgil van Dijk

Ibrahima Konate has revealed that he goals to be nearly as good as his Liverpool midfielder Virgil van Dijk at some point.

Konate got here to Anfield from RB Leipzig final summer season and loved a stable first season in a purple shirt, though he didn’t play as typically as he might need hoped because of Joel Matip’s effective type.

In complete, the Frenchman gained 29 matches in all competitions and scored three objectives – all in consecutive matches through the month of April.

He additionally rapidly developed a powerful understanding of Van Dijk, a participant that Konate considers the very best on the earth in his place.

– I actually have actually improved so much with him. I acquired higher with him as a result of I find out about him, I see how he performs, he says to Liverpool’s official web site.

“But not only him, I also learn with Matip and Joe [Gomez] because we play in the same position. Everyone knows that Virg is the best defender in the world and I watch a lot of how he plays, how he thinks, before the match he knows many players.

“I get inspiration from him and lots of gamers on the earth, however with him I actually have the possibility to play with him and practice with him. I believe it is just the start and I hope 12 months after 12 months that I’ll study, study, study once more.

“I hope one day I will be like him or better one day. I hope!”

Konate spoke after Liverpool gained a 2-0 pre-season victory over Crystal Palace in Singapore. The Reds’ preparations proceed on Thursday after they journey to Germany to tackle RB Leipzig, earlier than assembly the sister staff RB Salzburg in Austria a number of days later.

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