The 22-year-old has enjoyed a strong debut campaign at Anfield since his £36m move from Leipzig – and the best could still be to come

For Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool must thank Basel, Lyon, Porto, Fulham, FC Copenhagen and Union Berlin.

It is fair to say the France Under-21 international has made a good impact since his move from RB Leipzig last summer and, in real terms, he barely cost the Reds a penny.

The £36 million ($46m) fee, you see, was basically covered by player sales.

By offloading the likes of Liam Millar, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson, Kamil Grabara and Taiwo Awoniyi, Liverpool were able to give Jurgen Klopp exactly what he needed, and precisely what had been missing last season: central defensive cover.

Konate was the club’s only first-team signing heading into this campaign, but it’s always been about quality over quantity at Anfield, and as his first season on Merseyside heads towards a glorious conclusion, there can be few complaints now about Liverpool’s transfer policy last summer.

“The right player at the right time for the right price,” was how one source described Konate’s signing at the time.

While many eyes – including Bayern Munich’s – were drawn to another Leipzig centre-back, Dayot Upamecano, Liverpool were always convinced that it was Konate who had the higher ceiling, and who would suit their style better.

So far, so good, on that score. The former Sochaux man has adapted to life in England superbly, making 22 appearances in all competitions as Klopp’s side have gone hunting for trophies.

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