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Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate will 'be out for a while' after suffering injury

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate will be ‘out for a while’ following an injury in the pre-season friendly… as Jurgen Klopp says it will ‘affect outgoing transfers’ with Nat Phillips poised to stay

  • Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign against Fulham on Saturday
  • Jurgen Klopp has revealed his team is suffering from a string of injuries
  • The FA Cup holders are starless Ibrahima Konate and Diogo Jota
  • Konate’s latest injury scare could lead to Nat Phillips being forced to stay at Anfield

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Liverpool will start their new Premier League campaign without central defender Ibrahima Konate after Jurgen Klopp revealed the Frenchman will miss Saturday’s game against Fulham.

Konate sustained the injury in Liverpool’s pre-season defeat to Strasbourg, which came just 24 hours after their Community Shield win over Man City.

Klopp outlined the defender will be “out for a while” as Liverpool try to jump-start their season, revealing they will “have to see how long it takes” before he returns.

Konate’s injury not only disrupts his own plans to make it minutes before the World Cup in the summer, but also interferes with the future of Nat Phillips, who is wanted by both Bournemouth and Fulham.

Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate will miss the start of the Premier League season due to injury

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips may not be allowed to leave the club this summer due to injuries

Liverpool defender Nat Phillips may not be allowed to leave the club this summer due to injuries

Ibrahima Konate will be sidelined at Liverpool for a while, meaning rowdy defender Nat Phillips may have to stay at Anfield this summer.

Both Konate (left) and Curtis Jones (right) will miss Liverpool's season opening

Both Konate (left) and Curtis Jones (right) will miss Liverpool's season opening

Both Konate (left) and Curtis Jones (right) will miss Liverpool’s season opening

The absent defender has been given permission to leave Anfield if a transfer fee is agreed, but recent injuries mean Phillips could be denied a transfer elsewhere, with Klopp saying Konate’s absence will “affect outgoing transfers”.

He previously impressed supporters when he was forced to step into the heart of Liverpool’s defense in Premier League and Champions League games when the team’s defense was riddled with injuries.

Joel Matip, Virgil Van-Dijk and Joe Gomez would be the club’s only suitable centre-backs if Phillips left Liverpool while Konate is out.

Konate joins an injury roster that already includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Diogo Jota (thigh), Curtis Jones (calf), Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), Kostas Tsimikas (knock) and Naby Keita (illness).

Star striker Diogo Jota will also miss the upcoming match against Fulham due to an injury

Star striker Diogo Jota will also miss the upcoming match against Fulham due to an injury

Star striker Diogo Jota will also miss the upcoming match against Fulham due to an injury

Jurgen Klopp admitted his side has 'too many injuries' as the start of the season looms

Jurgen Klopp admitted his side has 'too many injuries' as the start of the season looms

Jurgen Klopp admitted his side has ‘too many injuries’ as the start of the season looms

‘Kosta’ [Tsimikas] bad luck in a training situation. He may be ready to train next week, which is handy,” Klopp said.

‘Curtis’ [Jones] we hope we caught it at the right time. In young players they sometimes have a stress reaction.

“We have to be careful. Naby [Keita] I think today will be my first day back. Some symptoms yesterday, not covid, but not good.’

The German delved further into his plans for Saturday’s early kick-off as he backed new high-money striker Darwin Nunez to start, but explained that the Uruguayan may have to make his first league appearance from the bench.

Klopp also revealed new signing Darwin Nunez will play against Fulham but may not start

Klopp also revealed new signing Darwin Nunez will play against Fulham but may not start

Klopp also revealed new signing Darwin Nunez will play against Fulham but may not start

Nunez has been drawn to fill the goal void left by Sadio Mane – who joined Bayern Munich – but faces stiff competition in the standout division of South American Roberto Firmino.

“Darwin is ready, but that doesn’t mean he has to start. He needs time to get used to many things, but he is already a real help.

“It was a good preparation for the season for him. He said he was nervous early on. Normal. He is quickly settled. Feels at home.

‘They are different players’ [Firmino and Nunez], they continue. They are both from South America, both attacking players but different positions.

“Firmino is an exceptional player.”

Liverpool will kick off the new Premier League season against newly promoted Fulham on Saturday, August 6.

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