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Ibrahima Konate Hopes to be Like Virgil Van Dijk “Or Better” One Day

The defender has joined Liverpool’s pre-season and is geared up to shake off the disappointment from May.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Preseason Friendly Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Ibrahima Konate got called up to play for the France national team for the first time last month, and the 23-year old is now happy to join Liverpool’s pre-season.

“Last season was a great season but the end was not very good for us. This season, we come back with a lot of things and I hope we will do a great thing this season”, he said.

He recalled Liverpool’s end of season parade however, as being a moment of consolation amidst the disappointment of the Champions league.

“At the end, when we arrived in the city… [puffs out cheeks] I was really not ready for that. Oh my God. I will never forget this moment”, he said.

“Maybe yes, one of the best days of my life because how you can do that; in my head I imagined if we [had] won the Champions League…!

“It was a very, very great moment for me and my family and I hope we will enjoy it like that a lot of times with Liverpool.”

Konate looks forward to continuing to learn from experienced defensive mates Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip this season.

“I improved with him because I learn about him, I look how he plays”, he said, speaking about Virgil.

“But not only him, I learn with also Matip and Joe because we play in the same position. Everybody knows Virg is the best defender in the world and I look a lot at how he plays, how he thinks, before the game he knows a lot of players.

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

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