Liverpool Defender Speaks on His Prospect of Joining Ligue 1 Club PSG in a Recent Interview

Liverpool Defender Speaks on His Prospect of Joining Ligue 1 Club PSG in a Recent Interview

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Paris Saint-Germain have developed into one of Europe's elite clubs in recent seasons
  • The Ligue 1 giants have been able to attract a flurry of Europe's elite stars in recent times
  • A Liverpool defender has opened up on his chances at the club in a recent interview

Since the Qatar Sports Investment takeover in 2011, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have evolved into one of Europe's elite football teams.

The French club has consistently attracted top-tier football talent from around the world, a clear testament to its surging popularity and rapid development in recent years.

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Kylian Mbappe, Leo Messi and Neymar Jr celebrate Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 triumph. Image: Aurelien Meunier.
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In recent seasons, renowned football stars, including Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi and Brazil's superstar Neymar Jr, have proudly worn the Parisian club's jersey. Moreover, a slew of other elite players, most notably the three-time UEFA Champions League winner Marco Asensio, has added to the ever-growing list of stars joining the club.

With an influx of elite talents gravitating towards PSG, Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate was recently questioned about his aspirations to play for the Ligue 1 powerhouse in a recent interview. The 24-year-old's response, however, is likely to raise concerns for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy.

Konate on joining PSG

Konate, who hails from Paris and grew up with his brothers, recently sat in an interview with the French outlet Canal Plus as reported by RMC Sport.

When asked if he had ever imagined himself wearing PSG's red and blue colours, he responded,

"If I said no, I'd be lying, but if you're asking if it's one of my objectives, not at all."

The former RB Leipzig player, who joined Liverpool in the summer of 2021, has secured a regular starting position in Jurgen Klopp's squad, amassing 64 appearances since his arrival. While Konate is under contract with Liverpool until 2026, there have been reports from GFFN of his international teammates attempting to persuade him to make a move to the Parc des Princes.

Konate also took a moment to praise PSG's recruitment strategy, which focuses on signing players who have a strong understanding and experience playing together for the French national team. He noted that this approach has brought happiness to both the people of Paris and the club's fans, fulfilling their long-awaited desire for Parisian or at least French players in the team.

While Konate may not currently harbour a strong interest in a PSG move, the prevailing trend of French players joining the Ligue 1 club presents a worrisome prospect for Liverpool. It may only be a matter of time before the talented defender considers a switch to the Parisian side.

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Mbappe told to leave PSG

In a previous report, Sports Brief stated that Mbappe was told playing in Ligue 1 'hampers his chances' of winning the Ballon d'Or after he lost out in the 2023 edition to Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

The 24-year-old forward had a phenomenal year, reaching the World Cup final and also winning the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain, but finished third in the Ballon d'Or rankings behind Erling Haaland and Messi.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).