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Liverpool are in talks to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate this summer



Ibrahima Konate

Jurgen Klopp is prepared to add to his defensive options having seen his Liverpool centre-back department reduced by injuries.

After Virgil van Dijk suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in October’s 2-2 draw with Everton, Joe Gomez was also forced to undergo knee surgery after pulling

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Joel Matip’s ongoing inability to prove his own long-term fitness saw him make just 10 Premier League appearances before his campaign was curtailed in January.

As a result, the Reds had no choice but to delve into the transfer marketΒ at the start of the year as they brought in Ben Davies from Championship side Preston North End alongside Ozan Kabak, who joined on loan from Schalke.

Both players succumbed to their own injuries in the closing stages of the season, however, meaning Klopp was made to name the inexperienced duo of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams at the back for the final five matches.

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Konate is the Reds’ primary target as they seek to conclude a deal that could be worth around Β£40million.

KonatΓ© has a buyout clause in his contract at Leipzig and Liverpool are making efforts to trigger that fee and bring him to Anfield when the window opens.

Konate is currently on international duty for France’s Under-21 side with their European Championship quarter-final clash with Holland set for Monday evening.