Watch: Ibrahima Konate leaves Ronaldo on floor with strong tackle
Ibrahima Konate was a surprise inclusion in Liverpool‘s starting Xl against Manchester United – but he certainly took his chance.
Konate joined Liverpool in the summer but had started just one of their opening eight Premier League games due to Jurgen Klopp’s prefeerence for the centre-back partnership of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Yet the 22-year-old started ahead of Matip and Old Trafford and didn’t put a foot wrong, helping the Reds keep a clean sheet.
He also kept Cristiano Ronaldo relatively quiet and left him on the floor with a strong but fair challenge in the opening stages.
“I thought he was outstanding,” Jordan Henderson said when asked about Konate’s performance. “We’ve got a few very, very good centre-backs so it’s difficult, but I thought he was top class.
“You’ve got to be to get a clean sheet at Old Trafford, so I’m delighted for him and delighted for the team in terms of a clean sheet, I thought, was big for us and we need to keep that going.
“To concede two in midweek we were disappointed with after going 2-0 up, so we knew today we wanted to try to keep a clean sheet, which I thought was very good for us. And we obviously scored some amazing goals, which is what everybody wants to see as well.”
Konate tackle on Ronaldo.pic.twitter.com/AtuaNSk3l1
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