Liverpool star defender Ibrahima Konate is expected to be benched for the upcoming World Cup fixture of France.
Konate to miss the next World Cup match for France?
Raphael Varane reportedly replaced Ibrahima Konate at center defense against Denmark after the Liverpool center-outstanding back’s performance against Australia in France’s opening World Cup group game, according to L’Equipe (h/t Daily Mail).
In their victory over Graham Arnold’s Australian team, Ibou was one of France’s best players. At times, he appeared to be much more defensively stable than Dayot Upamecano, his teammate at the back.
Kylian Mbappe was yet again clinical for a French victory. The notorious PSG striker saw the back of the net twice to get them qualified for the round of 16. He is now the joint top scorer of the World Cup 2022 along with Valencia.
Joules Kounde of Barcelona appears to replace Benjamin Pavard, therefore Didier Deschamps will have two alterations to his starting lineup. Although it is really terrible for Konate to lose out, Liverpool may benefit from this news.
Who will make the squad: Konate or Varane?
Konate is a less experienced player than Varane in the France lineup. The Manchester United defender’s case for a berth in the starting XI is significantly strengthened now that he has recovered from a thigh injury. As Varane took over Ibou in their match against Denmark, France led a 2-1 victory over Denmark. It is important to note that Denmark kept France on their toes during the Nations League.
Even while the club would like its players to give everything they have for their various national teams, keeping Liverpool’s best interests in mind, the Reds’ absence from international duty keeps them as free from injury as possible.
Konate has recently made his way back from a preseason injury. So it seems sensible that he wouldn’t want to risk it and expose himself once more to vulnerability. He has only ever played a full 90 minutes for his team this season. But he will be crucial to Liverpool’s success later part of the season.
It is really reassuring to see him in action on the biggest stage. Although, the French no. 24 made just four appearances for the club so far in the duration of the current season. Especially considering that his inclusion in the France team was in question before the tournament ever got started. France have successfully broken the Champion’s curse. And they are the first nation to qualify for the round of 16. Seeing things are at a good pace, Didier might just try a Varane and Konate backline to test things out.
However, it is suggested to take this with a grain of salt.
He is one of Jurgen Klopp’s most promising young players. Therefore, one may anticipate him to play a significant role in Liverpool’s campaign in the second half of the season.