Aston Villa manager Dean Smith laughed off reports suggesting Ezri Konsa has emerged as a transfer target for Liverpool.
The 23-year-old defender Ezri Konsa has been impressive this season, meaning he has attracted interest from the Premier League champions.
He signed for Aston Villa in 2019 for a fee of £12 million from Brentford. Since then, he has formed a partnership at centre-back with Tyrone Mings.
After hearing the rumours that Konsa has been linked with Liverpool, Villa manager Dean Smith was quick to dismiss the rumours.
"I will joke with him about it.
"He’s excelling in his position, he’s been one of our best players this season, very consistent and reliable.” The Villa boss said.
"He certainly won't get distracted. I'm not sure Ezri reads any newspapers but he's probably seen it online I would have thought.”
The Athletic reported that England manager Gareth Southgate is considering adding Konsa to his squad.
Konsa’s defensive partner at Villa, Tyrone Mings, has already been involved with England under Southgate. Now, he could follow suit.
Konsa has been outstanding for the Villans this season. He has certainly played his part in helping Dean Smith’s men keep a superb defensive record during this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp's side have suffered tremendously in the central defensive region with no fewer than three starting centre-backs sidelined for the rest of the season.
As a result, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were added to the Anfield ranks during the winter transfer window.
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is a massive fan of Konsa.
The Villa defender has performed great this season this led Carragher to admit on how he was a big admirer of the former Brentford man on Sky Sports.
“I am a massive fan of Konsa at the back, alongside Mings, he gets a lot of the attention. But I think since he has come in, they have looked a lot more solid.”
Aston Villa have kept five clean sheets this season, only conceding 24 goals in 22 matches which is less than Liverpool who have conceded 32 goals.