Klopp ‘closes in’ on Liverpool transfer after securing Champions League spot

Despite a top four finish looking doubtful at one point this season, Liverpool were able to secure qualification for next season’s edition of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the season.

The victory meant they finished third, two points ahead of Chelsea and three points above Leicester.

Now that the Reds have ensured their place in Europe’s elite competition, they can now turn their attention to summer transfer window.

Back in March, the Athletic first reported that Liverpool were lining up a deal to bring RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate to Anfield.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly set to welcome Ibrahima Konate to Anfield this summer

Now, German outlet SportBuzzer is reporting that Konate will ‘almost certainly’ join Liverpool this summer.

The addition of Konate will strengthen Jurgen Klopp’s options at centre-back, having seen Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all sidelined by serious injuries this season.

Midway through the campaign, Liverpool signed Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak to provide cover, with Davies joining from Preston North End in a permanent deal and Kabak signing on loan from Schalke.

Ibrahima Konate is said to be closing in on a move to Liverpool
Konate is said to be closing in on a move to Liverpool

Davies is yet to make his competitive debut for Liverpool, while Kabak has made 13 appearances in all competitions.

The Reds do have an option to make the 21-year-old’s loan deal permanent this summer, but Klopp recently revealed the club are yet to make a decision on his future.

“Ozan was absolutely incredible, he did a great job,” Klopp said. “Not to forget he is a young, young boy with incredible experience already.

“He has been with different clubs, moved early from Turkey to Germany and played at two big clubs in Germany in difficult situations which were obviously not his fault, we could all see that when he arrived here.

“Yes, he took a little bit of time to adapt but he did super things for us. I don’t know how many games out but against Leipzig [in the Champions League] he was incredible, we knew how good Leipzig could be.

“About the future we will talk about it after that, and decide about it after the last match. There is obviously enough time for that, nothing else really to say about that.”

Liverpool do have the option to make Ozan Kabak's loan move permanent this summer
Liverpool do have the option to make Ozan Kabak’s loan move permanent this summer

Kabak, meanwhile, has said he wants to stay at Anfield, saying: “Of course. It’s Liverpool. Of course I want to stay.

“Jurgen has not said anything yet. We don’t speak about this topic so far. We will see. This is a huge club, I am very proud to wear this jersey so far. Every moment, every single minute, I am proud. I try to give my best so far. I did my job.

“We will see what is going to happen next season, but whatever it is I have really enjoyed it and appreciate what everyone has done for me.

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