Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate savagely stopped a young boy from scoring in front of Kylian Mbappe.
Konate, 24, is away on international duty with France as they prepare to host Greece in a Euro qualifier after beating Gibraltar 3-0 last Friday to remain top of their group.
The Reds centre-back has proven to be a hit in Jurgen Klopp’s backline despite an injury-hit 2022/23 season, but his form whilst in the side saw him selected in Didier Deschamps' Qatar World Cup squad.
Konate’s performances during the winter have seen Deschamps keep faith with the former RB Leipzig defender, but a recent video shows he may not have an off button when it comes to last-ditch defending.
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Ahead of their game against Greece, the France squad took time out to help coach young children. A clip posted to Instagram by France’s official national team page showed Mbappe helping a child through a dribbling and shooting drill.
But to the amazement of Mbappe, Konate steamed in from out-of-shot to slide across the small goal and clear the child’s shot away – leaving his teammates in stitches whilst the PSG superstar threw his arms up in frustration.
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Liverpool fans also saw the funny side of it with one comment on Twitter saying: “Ibrahima Konate has 0 CHILL!” A second commented: “He’s a menace, I LOVE him!”
Whilst a third wrote: “Teaching them young they have to earn it.” A fourth said: “Savage, that is."
Konate looks set to play a key role in Liverpool’s back line again next season alongside Virgil van Dijk if he can shake off last season’s early injury problems for good.
The Frenchman looks set to be playing behind a new-look midfield with the arrival of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton & Hove Albion already confirmed.
Mac Allister is the first of a number of fresh faces that Konate is hopeful of playing with at Anfield next season, he told French outlet RMC earlier this month amid the exits of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, James Milner and Roberto Firmino on free transfers: "We are obliged to replace them.
“If we don't replace them, how do we do it? We are understaffed and we lack quality? We can't play with young people at this level."
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