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Jurgen Klopp said Ibrahima Konate learned “hard lesson” on his competitive debut for Liverpool against Crystal Palace.
Koneate was made to wait for his first sightseeing for the Reds, which was originally signed from RB Leipzig for £ 36 million ($ 54 million) in June.
The 22-year-old was sitting to open four Liverpool Premier League matches and a 3-2 Champions League victory over AC Milan in the middle of the week, but finally took his bow with home appliances on Saturday.
What is said?
Koneate perforated in the middle with Virgil van Dijk and helped the Klopp brand record clean sheets in a comfortable 3-0 victory, but did have some faltering moments of the tough attack unit Eagles.
Asked whether the Frenchman was made to adapt to his system, the German head coach told post-match reporters: “Definitely and I think it’s very important. We all see what the child’s potential is, it is extraordinary, physically, his technique, physically, Understanding the game, it’s all there.
“But when you are a boy who is skilled, you sometimes rely on that skill and the Premier League teaches you hard lessons sometimes. Today against Palace is a good example, Wilf Zaha, Ayew, Edouard, this is The right striker.
“Maybe it’s not so good when you play the last new line that is completely new but along with Virg and Milly (James Milner, on the right right) it works very well. Kostas Tsimikas also plays a great game.
“Konate in a good way, I’m really happy. But there are many more from Ibou, he’s still young and yes he must adapt, they all have to adapt to the way we play and into the league too because it is a special league.”
Klopp on rotation.
Introduction Konate is one of six Klopp changes made to the side that defeated Milan, and Liverpool boss has promised to continue to mistake XI early when his team negotiated through the domestic schedule and Europe punishing.
“You want to coat the best team and there are various factors; one of them is playing together?” He said. “Is it a rhythm or freshness? ‘And we decided to freshness. Otherwise we can play one or the other, but we don’t want it.
“I did not know what he said, but we had to make changes, it was clear. We will spin, we are always played, but you see in the last line in the past years we cannot rotate really because there is always a maximum of two fit [ Central defender] very often – and the third has become a midfielder.
“In the midfield, hopefully we have numbers to do it and we need it because this is a team engine room and we need to make changes there. In advance, we have a different opportunity too, so it’s good. How often do we do it, I haven’t made a plan for this season, but as often as possible and maybe. ”
Liverpool will now look forward to the third round Caraoo Cup meeting with Norwich on Tuesday, before their focus returning to the Premier League and a newly promoted Brentford trip on September 25.