Liverpool eyeing move for Bundesliga No.6 defender

Liverpool look likely to land Ibrahima Konate this summer transfer window, according to journalist Rory Smith.

The Anfield side are desperately in need of reinforcements at the back, with manager Jurgen Klopp left depleted in that area this campaign.

Although a January signing is looking extremely unlikely, it seems almost certain that a centre-half will be brought in at the end of the term.

Speaking on the Guardian‘s Football Weekly podcast, Rory gave a major hint that RB Leipzig youngster Konate would head to Anfield:

“I think Liverpool intend to sign a centre-back in the summer and I think that central defender is probably someone they will play against in the Champions League last 16. And I don’t think it’s going to be Dayot Upamecano.”

Although his Leipzig team-mate Dayot Upamecano has earned more column inches than Ibrahima recently, the latter is certainly just as a big a prospect.

The 21-year-old star has won an impressive average of 3.0 aerial duels per match in his six Bundesliga appearances this season, with dominance in the air something the Reds are reportedly looking for in a new central defender.

The only concern is that Ibrahima has been plagued by injuries at times during his professional career to date, which the Premier League champions can not afford to keep happening to their defenders.

The club need to bring in someone who is reliable in the fitness department, in order to solve the current issue at the back.