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Ibrahima Konate injury setback sparks Liverpool transfer rethink as new opportunity emerges

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The issue sustained by Ibrahima Konate in the last pre-season friendly of the summer could yet prove to be particularly problematic.

While the well-documented injury crisis of Liverpool's midfield has drawn the attention in recent weeks, there is another, more low-key issue that has also taken up some of Jurgen Klopp's thinking time lately.

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In the final two months between the start of April and the end of May - a period that saw Liverpool play 16 games - Matip started nine, while Konate was named in the team 10 times that included the FA and Champions League finals.

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Liverpool were anticipating an offer of a permanent transfer for Phillips last month, having set an asking price of between £12million and £15m, but concrete interest was not forthcoming prior to the injury to Konate.

While the friendly might have originally been earmarked for players like Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Calvin Ramsay and Caoimihin Kelleher, a succession of pre-season setbacks saw Liverpool take to the field with something akin to an Under-21s side with as many as eight players still in their teens.
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