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Liverpool: Klopp must unleash Ibrahima Konate vs Everton

With three wins, three clean sheets and ten goals scored in their three previous games across all competitions, it’s safe to say that Liverpool are in a good place to take on their Merseyside rivals Everton in their next Premier League game on Wednesday evening.

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In terms of which players Klopp could select for his starting XI to take on former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez’s side in midweek, one individual that featured in their recent 4-0 win over Southampton that should be in the team to take on Everton is defender Ibrahima Konate.

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The Frenchman used the match against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to show to Klopp exactly what he is capable of from a defensive point of view and ended up being a massive part in the fact that the Reds managed to keep yet another clean sheet on the day.

Labelled as “outstanding” by Klopp for his Premier League debut performance against Crystal Palace, Konate managed to make five clearances, three interceptions and two tackles as well as blocking one shot as he won ten of the 16 duels he was involved in.

This performance against the Saints earned Konate a solid overall match rating of 7.6/10 from SofaScore, his highest in the Premier League so far.

Taking this into account it seems as though Klopp should keep the faith with Konate in the team and give him his first taste of what playing in a Merseyside Derby is like in front of both sets of fans.

Would you start Konate against Everton?

Yes

Yes

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No

Everton haven’t managed to win any of their seven previous league games and have failed to score a goal in any of their last three, meaning the £70k-per-week defender’s presence at the back could add further misery to Rafa Benitez’s woes.

If he does start in midweek and manages to deliver a similar sort of performance to the one he did against Southampton, it could end up being yet another very difficult night for Everton’s attacking players after their recent struggles.

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