Liverpool News: Reds close to €35m signing, Henderson backs club owners

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Konate deal close

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Ibrahima Konate from German club RB Leipzig.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the transfer is set to be completed in the coming weeks, and the personal terms have already been agreed upon.

Apparently, the 21-year-old French defender has agreed to a five-year contract with the Premier League giants, and Liverpool will now pay his release clause, which is around €35 million.

Konate is one of the most talented young centre backs around, and signing him for the reported price would prove to be an excellent deal in the long run.

There is no doubt that Liverpool need to sign a quality defender this summer after the defensive injury crisis they have been through this season.

The likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are extremely injury prone, and Jurgen Klopp cannot hope to rely on them next season.

Bringing in the quality centre back should be their top priority, and the fans will be delighted with the arrival of Ibrahima Konate.

It will be interesting to see if the Reds can seal his signing in the coming weeks.

Murphy tweets: 
Liverpool could sign both Konaté and Kabak this summer. #RBL #S04 #LFC
Fabrizio Romano tweets:
Ibrahima Konaté to Liverpool, here we go soon! The deal is set to be completed, personal terms agreed on a five-years contract. Liverpool will pay the release clause to RB Leipzig in the next days [around €35m] in order to finalize the signing of Konaté. #LFC
Fabrizio Romano: Liverpool are still working to reach an agreement with Ibrahima Konaté. He’s one of the ‘top targets’ in the list and #LFC will be offering a five-years contract. Not done or agreed, as of today. RB Leipzig will only sell Konaté if the full release clase will be paid.

Henderson backs FSG

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has launched a defence of the club’s owners after the European Super League decision.

FSG decided to sign up Liverpool for the European Super League on Sunday, but they had to withdraw their decision two days later following a massive backlash from the fan base.

There have been calls for the owners to sell the club and move on, but Henderson has now made it clear that the club owners have his support, and it will be interesting to see how his perception affects the fans now. 

He said: “It has been an extraordinary week for football and for our club in particular. This might be the strangest column I ever write in this programme, as being critical of my own employers isn’t something I do easily. Particularly as I am privileged to know the people involved on a personal level as well as a professional one. 

“They have done good things for our club, and I believe they will continue to do so. I need to state this at the beginning, even if it isn’t popular. It would be dishonest of me to say anything else.”

Jordan Henderson: "People can disagree with me saying this, but my opinion is that our owners have been good for Liverpool. If you have a problem with me saying that, fair enough and I respect that. But my opinion is built on my own first-hand experiences." #awlfc [lfc]