Graeme Souness not convinced Ibrahima Konate is the long-term solution at Liverpool | Football


Souness says the Frenchman is ‘nonetheless studying the sport’ (Image: Getty)

Graeme Souness has questioned whether or not Ibrahima Konate ought to be beginning for Liverpool, claiming the centre-half is ‘very uncooked’ and ‘nonetheless studying the sport’.

Liverpool appeared to be cruising to a snug victory over Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, taking a 3-0 lead after quarter-hour with Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah on the rating sheet.

As they did on Thursday in opposition to Manchester United, Spurs rallied within the second-half with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on course earlier than Richarlison scored his first league objective for the membership in added time to degree the competition.

There was extra drama as Diogo Jota sealed all three factors for the hosts, capitalising on a mistake from Lucas Moura to fit residence late on.

Konate endured a troublesome second-half, additionally concerned in an incident the place Tottenham might have been given a penalty for pulling again Richarlison within the field.

The 23-year-old France worldwide is nearing the tip of his second season on the membership however Souness has considerations over his function within the workforce, questioning whether or not he’s a long-term answer on the again.

‘He nonetheless seems like he’s studying the sport, he seems very uncooked,’ Souness advised Sky Sports activities.

Liverpool got a troublesome sport regardless of taking a 3-0 lead (Image: Getty)

‘I get why they wish to push Trent [Alexander-Arnold] there as a result of he’s their greatest kicker of the ball. However I believe Konate discovered life very troublesome right this moment.

‘Going ahead for Liverpool subsequent yr they have to be pondering, [Joel] Matip can’t preserve himself match, is he the reply? He’s a younger man studying the sport, perhaps he can be, perhaps he received’t.’

Victory for Liverpool strikes them into fifth place however they sit seven factors behind Manchester United within the race for Champions League qualification having additionally performed a sport in hand.

Assessing his facet’s probabilities of catching United and Newcastle United in third place, Klopp mentioned: ‘After all not. If United and Newcastle wins all of the video games then how can we get there?

‘If they begin shedding them we’re shut. Till then now we have to win soccer video games to qualify for Europe in any respect.

‘Brighton performed among the finest soccer video games this weekend I’ve ever seen in my life, I’ve to say, Roberto De Zerbi, wow.

‘They’re behind us with two video games in hand. Aston Villa are creating. If we are able to preserve them behind us that can already be success.’

MORE : Ryan Mason says Diogo Jota ‘shouldn’t have been on the pitch’ to attain late winner for Liverpool in opposition to Tottenham

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