Ibrahima Konate talks Klopp and van Dijk during interview after agreeing terms with Liverpool

Speaking to Harry Pinero on the YouTube channel UMM, Ibrahima Konate refused to say who the best manager in the world is but ranked Sergio Ramos above Virgil van Dijk.

When asked who is the best centre-back in the world, Konate said: “Ramos, number one. [Then] Van Dijk, then Alaba.”

Interestingly, the Frenchman, whose English is fantastic I must add, laughed and said he couldn’t answer when asked who he thought is the better manager between Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

To be fair to him, although he is seemingly set for a move to Anfield, it’s a wise move to avoid ranking managers that could potentially coach him one day during his career especially since he’s still only 21.

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Leipzig’s French defender Ibrahima Konate controls the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs FC Bayern Munich in Leipzig, eastern Germany on May 11, 2019. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Liverpool have agreed to personal terms with the 6ft4 defender while sporting director Michael Edwards is still working on agreeing on a fee with RB Leipzig. Signing him would be a fantastic step in the right direction to providing depth and competition for a currently broken defence.

Virgil van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury while Joe Gomez suffered damage to his patella. Joel Matip, who is perennially injured, is out with an ankle injury.

All three defenders are out for the rest of the season. Ozan Kabak is also likely to be offered a permanent deal by Liverpool in the summer but he is expected to be more of a squad option once the club’s defensive injury crisis comes to an end.

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (R) is fouled by Liverpool’s Turkish defender Ozan Kabak during the UEFA Champions League first-leg quarter-final football match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on April 6, 2021. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Konate is expected to be a starter if he signs. Gomez will be slowly reintroduced as injuries to the patella are particularly sensitive due to the way the knee loads stress onto the bone as it protects the ligaments within the knee.

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