Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will feel threatened by a potential deal to sign RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate as he recovers from injury, writes Michael Mongie.
Sporting director Michael Edwards is working hard to complete a deal to sign Konate and if it goes through, Joe Gomez will no longer be a guaranteed starter when fit.
The Englishman is currently on the sidelines as he recovers from a patella injury that has already seen him sidelined for 230+ days. Before the injury, he was performing at a very high level as he led a backline that had just lost Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool fans, in my opinion, have forgotten how good Gomez is. His pace at centre-back is almost unmatched and it often makes up for the decision making or positioning errors he makes but the 23-year-old is still learning.
With Virgil van Dijk to learn from, there’s no doubt that the former Charlton Athletic star has a bright future.
As Anfield Central’s Patrick Hayes wrote, Gomez is the best young defender in Europe despite the hype surrounding Dayot Upamecano and he’ll be desperate to start ahead of Konate if he signs for Liverpool.
Liverpool’s interest in signing Ibrahima Konate is fascinating as it almost suggests that they are unhappy with Gomez as a starter due to his injuries.
If that wasn’t the case, it’s likely they would be chasing a centre-back that would be happy sitting on the bench and with Ozan Kabak showing great promise for the Reds, he’d be the ideal third-choice centre-back.
At just 20 years of age, he’d be content with training with the likes of van Dijk and Gomez with the occasional start but someone like Konate is unlikely to be happy with a bit-part role.
Gomez’s starting role is under threat and while it could spell trouble for his game time upon his return, it’s only good news for Liverpool.
Competition only ever improves the form of those in the starting XI and Manchester United can testify to this after Luke Shaw’s impressive displays this season following the purchase of Alex Telles from Porto.