‘Unforgettable’ – Ibrahima Konate in his first appearance for Liverpool
Ibrahima Konate described her first appearance for Liverpool as an “unforgettable moment”.
The summer signing represented the Reds for the first time since arriving earlier this month in the second of their straight 30-minute friendlies on Tuesday.
Konate was involved for the duration against VfB Stuttgart, a game which ended 1-1 – just like the previous meeting with Wacker Innsbruck.
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“Yes, I am very happy,” the No.5 told Liverpoolfc.com of the emotions he felt on his debut.
âIt’s an unforgettable moment for me. Yes, without our fans – but I’m very, very happy. Just a little sad – very sad – because we didn’t win. But it’s okay, I’m happy.
JÃ¼rgen Klopp’s second starting lineup of the evening fell behind with a smooth Philipp Forster goal for Stuttgart, but ended up with a successive draw when Sadio Mane brought home low cross from Kostas Tsimikas.
Konate commented: âI was very happy with the team on the pitch; good communication with everyone.
âLittle by little, we’ll be better, it’s the first time in the pre-season. We are waiting for the next game.
This next game will take place on Friday as Liverpool take on one of Klopp’s former clubs, FSV Mainz 05, in a full game that will feature up to 3,500 supporters.
âOf course, this is the best,â Konate said. “[It has been] a very long time with the COVID situation, it was very bad for everyone in the world.
âAnd for footballers, very sad when you play without your fans.
âNow I think it will be a new level with the fans because the fans were sad not to be here with us. And it will be very, very important for us.
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