Ibrahima Konaté has spoken to the media as a Liverpool player for the first time, and he’s very excited to get going this season in the iconic number 5 shirt.
Konaté arrived this summer from RB Leipzig for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £36 million. The French under-21’s star has already made a big impact at Liverpool, with his self-made announcement video going viral at the start of the month, and the fans can’t wait to see him in action soon.
Ibrahima, or ‘Ibou’ for short, has now spoken to Liverpoolfc.com about his feelings about the move and the upcoming season.
“I am very happy to be here with the team,” the centre-back told the club.
“My first impressions, I am very happy because I work with great players and I know I will [improve] here and I will be better with time.”
“I’m very happy because we work together, everybody is happy and this is good.”
“Of course, I will learn [from] these players, but not just with these players, with every player on this team. It’s just the start and with time it will be [a lot] better.”
“Yes, I know I am very young but this is not important – I have to improve on the pitch and to work. If I am good, for the rest it is not important.”
Konate has large boots to fill in his chosen number, as he is taking the number 5 from Georginio Wijnaldum, a Premier League and Champions League-winning midfielder who recently completed a free transfer to Paris Saint Germain.
But Ibou isn’t too phased by the idea of living up to the standards of the number and backs himself to make the number 5 shirt his own.
“I think it’s an important number for this club,” he said.
“A great player had this number before me. I have no pressure but a little bit of pressure because I have to improve for the future. I hope I will do great things with this number.”