Raphael Honigstein quashes Ibrahima Konate 'injury prone' claims

Ibrahima Konate is reportedly in advanced talks with Liverpool, the German football expert has dismissed reports of injury problems for the Frenchman.
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The Athletic's Raphael Honigstein has played down talk of Ibrahima Konate's injury problems.

Monday morning saw reports that the Frenchman entered 'advanced talks' with Liverpool ahead of a proposed summer move.

With excitement came scrutiny as fans took to the social media site, Twitter, to discuss his injury problems. 

Liverpool fan account Liddellpool shared an image of Konate's injury history as per Transfermarkt.

However, multiple accounts debunked this theory including football journalist Chris Williams, who replied: "Three of those are precautionary, no games missed just means a lighter training session. One says 96 days, this included the summer break. 

"There is only one significant injury on that list, would a club skip the chance to sign Van Dijk if offered? I doubt it."

Many fans were concerned and with every right, after the season the Reds have had so far.

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Long term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez forced Brazilian defensive midfielder, Fabinho, to filter in a makeshift central defender alongside Joel Matip.

The injury problems didn't stop there, Fabinho's muscle issue forced him to miss a handful of games and as a result, the inexperienced Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips were called upon.

Amongst the injury chaos, Liverpool's title defence was derailed. The mounting injury list had skewed the balance of a previously ruthless side.

Weeks after the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, they went into February without a home goal in 2021, accompanied by multiple home defeats including the shattering of the 68-game unbeaten record at Anfield. 


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In a recent article for The Athletic, Honigstein, the Bundesliga expert said: "There’s a perception that the player has been injury-prone. 

"In reality, he’s suffered one serious injury: to his hip flexor muscle. It needed surgery in France last summer after a recurrence and is the main reason his game time has been limited, and the hype turned down a lot. 

"Previous and subsequent complaints have been very minor, though. Rangnick, for one, is certain that he is destined for great things."