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Barcelona legend Xavi names Liverpool star as one of World Cup's best players so far

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Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konaté has earned praise from none other than Barcelona coach Xavi after his performance in round one of the World Cup.

The Frenchman was utilised from the start by Didier Deschamps in the 4-1 win against Australia, but was dropped to the bench for the 2-1 win against Denmark, as Manchester United defender Raphaël Varane was reinstated in the heart of the defence.



Konaté only featured for 15 minutes against Denmark but played from the start against Australia, and his performance in that game seemingly impressed Barcelona legend Xavi.



READ MORE: Liverpool should have ideal Julian Ward successor who discovered Sadio Mané and Erling Haaland READ MORE:Liverpool should return for '£51m' transfer target as Barcelona decision suddenly makes sense In a Q&A session on FIFA’s official Twitter account, the current Barca boss was asked which defensive partnership had impressed him in the opening round of the tournament, to which he replied: "Now, in my opinion, I would say Konaté and [Dayot] Upamecano."



It's very high praise indeed for Konaté, who hasn’t featured that much for Liverpool this term due to an injury he sustained during pre-season.

Coincidentally, Liverpool also looked at Upamecano before he moved away from Bayern Munich, deciding that Konaté was the better bet.

Konaté had to bide his time to nail down a starting position at Liverpool, but will likely be Jürgen Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk once the World Cup ends in mid-December.
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