New Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate suffers France heartbreak after last gasping defeat to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship – in the defender’s first game since £36m move to Anfield was confirmed
- Ibrahima Konate became captain of France under 21 against Holland
- The 22-year-old put on an impressive defensive display in the quarterfinals
- But Liverpool’s new signing could not prevent a departure from the Euro in Hungary
- Konate was announced as a Reds player in a £36m deal earlier this week
Liverpool’s new signing Ibrahima Konate suffered a heartbreak with France under-21 after a last gasp saw them being knocked out of the European Championship by the Netherlands.
The 22-year-old – who played for the first time since his £36 million move from RB Leipzig to the Reds was announced – was named captain for the quarter-finals by French boss Sylvain Ripoll, but couldn’t prevent the Dutchman from going 2-1. victory in Hungary.
However, the Frenchman put up an impressive defense, although he was the player who accidentally played Justin Kluivert onside leading up to the winner of Myron Boadu, just seconds before added time was due to expire.
Liverpool’s new signing Ibrahima Konate (right) suffered heartbreak from France Under 21 after their defeat to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals
The 22-year-old captain of France but could not prevent a Dutch victory in Hungary
Konate was supported in defense by Dayot Upamecano – his former RB Leipzig team-mate – and as well as forming an excellent partnership with him, the former also showed good signs of effective distribution from the back.
It was Upamecano – who has joined Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the new season – who headed into the far corner early midway through the first half from a corner.
But Hollands equalized shortly after the break when Boadu made good use of the ball by breaking into the move earlier, after Konate had made a good block from an attempt by Ferdi Kadioglu.
The late drama then saw Konate now get a break before joining Jurgen Klopp’s men for pre-season.
Konate played for the first time since his move to Jurgen Klopp’s (above) side was announced
Konate (second from left) saw his former RB Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano (second from right) put France ahead
Konate has entered into a ‘long-term contract’ with Liverpool from July 1, after completing personal terms and passing a medical check-up.
Klopp has been looking for reinforcements in central defense after losing Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to injury last season and the deal for Konate represents the first major summer investment by one of the Premier League’s top clubs.
Konate started only one of France Under-21’s three group matches in March against Denmark, Russia and Iceland respectively.
Jules Kunde was the mainstay at the heart of the defense for those matches, but his call up to the senior side for Euro 2020 has seen Konate take on the mantle of the Sevilla defender.
Perr Schurrs and Sven Botman – who have also been linked with Liverpool for the past 12 months – meanwhile formed the core of the Dutch defense against their French counterparts.
But an equalizer and a winner of Myron Boadu’s last gasp (above) got the Dutch through