Ibrahima Konate admits his Liverpool debut was an ‘unforgettable moment’

Ibrahima Konate admits his Liverpool debut was an ‘unforgettable moment’ as the £36m signing starts under Jurgen Klopp for the first time during their friendly double-header in Austria

  • Ibrahima Konate admitted his Liverpool debut was an ‘unforgettable moment’
  • The £36m summer signing played in the second of two 30 minute friendlies
  • The selection of Jurgen Klopp drew against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart 1-1
  • Konate produced a guaranteed display alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Ibrahima Konate has admitted his Liverpool debut was an ‘unforgettable moment’ in his career after making his first appearance for the Reds on Tuesday night.

The £36 million summer signing from RB Leipzig played in the second of Liverpool’s back-to-back, 30-minute friendlies against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in Austria.

Konate played in Jurgen Klopp’s second team, which also included Mohamed Salah, James Milner and Naby Keita, and was held to a 1-1 draw by Stuttgart after Sadio Mane overturned Philipp Forster’s opening goal.

Ibrahima Konate has admitted his Liverpool debut on Tuesday was an ‘unforgettable moment’

RB Leipzig's £36m summer signing played in Liverpool's second friendly

RB Leipzig’s £36m summer signing played in Liverpool’s second friendly

But Konate, 22, delivered a composed performance alongside the younger Rhys Williams in defense and insisted he was “very happy” with the team’s performance.

‘Yes, I’m very happy’, Konate told the club’s official website.

“It’s an unforgettable moment for me. Yes, without our fans, but I’m very, very happy.

“A little sad – very sad – because we didn’t win. But it’s okay, I’m happy.

‘I was very happy with the team on the field; good communication with everyone.

“Step by step we will get better, this is the first time in the pre-season. We are waiting for the next game.’

Liverpool continue their preparations for the season against Klopp’s former club Mainz in the Bundesliga, in a long game on Friday night that will see up to 3,500 fans.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Stuttgart after Sadio Mane overturned Philipp Forster's opening goal

The Reds drew 1-1 with Stuttgart after Sadio Mane overturned Philipp Forster’s opening goal

Liverpool continue preparations for the season against Mainz in the Bundesliga on Friday

Liverpool continue preparations for the season against Mainz in the Bundesliga on Friday

Konate, who will battle for a place in the Liverpool defense next season alongside Virgil van Dijk, admitted he was looking forward to playing in front of crowds again.

“Of course this is the best,” added the Frenchman.

‘[It has been] very long with the Covid situation, it was very bad for everyone in the world.

“And for the footballers, very sad when you play without your fans.

“Now I think it will be a new level with the fans because the fans were sad not to be here with us. And this will be very, very important to us.”

It was a pair of 1-1 draws for Klopp’s men on Tuesday night after his first XI draw with Wacker Innsbruck.

Divock Origi gave the Reds the lead from the penalty spot, but a header from Ronivaldo resulted in a draw.

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