Comparing Ibrahima Konate’s 2020-21 stats to Liverpool’s current CBs

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Liverpool have been linked with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate – but how do his stats compare to their existing centre-backs?

Injuries have forced Jurgen Klopp into playing dozens of different combinations at the back, with midfielders like Fabinho and Jordan Henderson often dropping back to help out.

Konate, currently in the France squad for the Under-21 European Championship, is a commanding centre-back with plenty of potential and will be a serious long-term boost to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options if he does arrive, even if he might need a little time to adapt.

We’ve compared the 21-year-old Frenchman’s Bundesliga stats to the numbers of Klopp’s current centre-back options in the Premier League.

Notes: Virgil van Dijk is not included owing to a lack of minutes. For Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, only their games started at centre-back were taken into account, to avoid stats being skewed by the games they have played in midfield. 

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Ozan Kabak – 2.2 (78.6%)
Joel Matip – 2.1 (80.8%)
Fabinho – 1.8 (72%)
Nathaniel Phillips – 1.1 (55%)
Jordan Henderson – 1 (83.3%)
Ibrahima Konate – 0.9 (47.3%)
Joe Gomez – 0.5 (45%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Nathaniel Phillips – 5.4 (60%)
Ozan Kabak – 3.8 (61.2%)
Joe Gomez – 3.2 (54.2%)
Fabinho – 2.4 (54.5%)
Joel Matip – 2.1 (58.3%)
Ibrahima Konate – 1.3 (56.5%)
Jordan Henderson – 1.1 (78.5%)

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Interceptions per 90 minutes
Jordan Henderson – 2
Ozan Kabak – 1.6
Fabinho – 1.5
Nathaniel Phillips – 1.4
Ibrahima Konate – 1.3
Joel Matip – 0.9
Joe Gomez – 0.6

Fouls per 90 minutes
Jordan Henderson – 0.1
Joe Gomez – 0.9
Fabinho – 0.9
Ozan Kabak – 1.2
Ibrahima Konate – 1.3
Joel Matip – 1.4
Nathaniel Phillips – 1.6

Clearances per 90 minutes
Joe Gomez – 4.3
Nathaniel Phillips – 4.2
Ibrahima Konate – 3.7
Ozan Kabak – 3.6
Joel Matip – 2.9
Fabinho – 2.9
Jordan Henderson – 1.8

Passing accuracy
Fabinho – 90.6%
Joe Gomez – 89.7%
Ozan Kabak – 89.2%
Joel Matip – 87.7%
Jordan Henderson – 87.3%
Nathaniel Phillips – 83.6%
Ibrahima Konate – 83.5%

Passes completed per 90 minutes
Jordan Henderson – 81.4
Fabinho – 78.2
Joe Gomez – 76.1
Joel Matip – 62.2
Nathaniel Phillips – 60.6
Ozan Kabak – 57.6
Ibrahima Konate – 48.2

Goals
Ibrahima Konate – 1
Joel Matip – 1
Nathaniel Phillips – 0
Ozan Kabak – 0
Jordan Henderson – 0
Fabinho – 0
Joe Gomez – 0


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