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Liverpool confirm signing of new £36 million defender

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Liverpool have officially announced the signing of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for a fee believed to be £36 million. 

The Anfield outfit initially announced the signing of the Frenchman back in May, but was subject to the defender passing a medical and receiving a work permit.

At the time, in an interview with Liverpool.com, Konate said, "I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool."

The announcement comes at the right time for Liverpool fans who are currently watching on with envy as Premier League rivals snap up their top targets. 

It is commonly known that Konate has been a long-term target of the club, with manager Jurgen Klopp following the youngster since his days playing for Sochaux in France. 

The signing shows the ambition that the Reds carry for the season, adding to what should already be a newly reinforced backline. 

Konate will join up with a squad that should contain a newly fit Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez, not to mention a new first-team regular, Nat Phillips.

Competition may be high in the squad but there is no doubt in fans' minds that Konate will be a vital cog in the side next term. 

Going forward, a partnership between the Frenchman and English man Gomez could be a frightening partnership. 

Both of which already possess great experience and bring pace to the backline.

Gomez has already proven himself to be a great distributor from deep with Konate bringing power and ariel dominance. 

Konate could well prove to be an iconic signing in the history of the club, but only time will tell for the youngster.