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    Ibrahima Konate excited after signing for Liverpool

    Liverpool have completed their first signing of the summer. Last season, they faced many defensive woes so they wanted to strengthen that department. So they decided to pay the release clause of around 35 million euros to RB Leipzig and signed Konate on a five-year deal.

    The centre-back made his breakthrough into senior football at Sochaux after graduating through their academy, before moving to RB Leipzig.

    Konate has spent four seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, where he made 95 appearances and scored four goals. He will now move to Anfield and Klopp is confident about his quality.

    Konate told Liverpool’s official website: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.

    “It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

    “Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.

    “I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.

    “Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”

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