Liverpool: Ibrahima Konate's incredible strength vs Norwich

Liverpool‘s relentless 2022 trophy charge took another step in the right direction as they edged past Norwich in the FA Cup.

Jurgen Klopp rang the changes for the fifth-round clash at Anfield with Jordan Henderson the only man to keep his place from the Carabao Cup final over the weekend.

It was the cup specialist Takumi Minamino who would set the ball rolling, lashing home at the back post after Divock Origi laid it on a plate for him.

The Japanese international would then cap an efficient first-half performance from the Reds with a thunderous half-volley to double their lead going into the break.

Norwich would make it hard work for Liverpool in the second stanza though, especially when Lukas Rupp cracked a low drive past the outstretched hand of Alisson Becker in goal.

The Canaries were not short of chances to equalise in the dying minutes but they just couldn’t quite do enough to send the tie into an extra 30 minutes.

Following the heady celebrations over the weekend, Klopp gave some of his stars a well-earned rest but will still be very encouraged with what he saw from his fringe players.

As mentioned before, Minamino showed his worth once again while Origi proved he still has what it takes to get the business done with a Liver-bird on his chest.

However, it was defender Ibrahima Konate who best underlined his credentials with a sturdy performance at the heart of the rearguard.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool in action during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on December 22, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The French starlet proved once more that he is bona-fide future star with a performance beyond his years.

There was one moment in particular that highlighted Konate’s great confidence in his own ability as he used his remarkable strength to his advantage.

Under pressure from Jonathan Rowe following a sweeping overhead pass, Konate clicked into beast mode as he started to escort the ball out from the edge of his own 18-yard area.

Rowe tried frantically to get around the French titan but, try as he may, there was simply no budging Konate.

That really is a unique piece of defending.

The ball harmlessly drifted out as the pair wrestled before Konate nonchalantly rolled it across to Alisson to take the subsequent goal-kick.

The strength in depth at Liverpool is something that Reds fans can be genuinely excited about and, with Konate growing from strength to strength, we can only imagine what he’ll be capable of in the future.

These really are the good days for the red half of Merseyside.

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