Ibrahima Konate has signed for Liverpool from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £36 million. The French defender is expected to slot straight into the Reds’ starting line-up after inheriting the No.5 shirt from Georginio Wijnaldum. The 22-year-old believes the Premier League will be perfect for him. Konate also revealed what his nickname will be at Anfield, and it will be ‘Konate’.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?

Liverpool defender Philippe Konate says he is not scared with the ball and can score more goals with his foot than his head. The Cameroon international says he loves the challenge of playing in the Premier League.

“THIS IS DIFFICULT BUT I LOVE THE CHALLENGE.”

WHAT WILL KONATE BE KNOWN AS?

French center-back Konate has revealed his new nickname: ‘Ibou’ He says it is because his mother would call him that every time he was with his family.

“WHEN I WAS ON THE FIRST DAY IN LEIPZIG, SHE WAS WITH ME AND SHE WOULD SAY EVERY TIME, ‘HEY, IBOU… IBOU… IBOU…’ AND RALF RANGNICK ASKED, ‘WHY ‘IBOU’?’ SO, I SAID IT WAS MY NICKNAME BECAUSE EVERY TIME MY MUM WOULD CALL ME THAT EVERY TIME AND MY FAMILY TOO. HE SAID, ‘OK, NOW IT’S IBOU’ AND AFTERWARDS EVERYONE WOULD CALL ME IT.”

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