Liverpool’s relationship with Red Bull is now well-cemented and well-documented.
While two players who were developed in the Red Bull school are on their way out of Anfield this summer in Sadio Mané and Takumi Minamino, two still remain thanks to Naby Keïta and Ibrahima Konaté.
In total, Liverpool have conducted five transfer deals with Red Bull in the past decade — the most of any entity outside of England. Three of those deals have come in the last three seasons.
The relationship transcends transfer deals. Two seasons ago, Red Bull Salzburg welcomed Liverpool during pre-season. This summer it will be RB Leipzig’s turn to host the Reds and highlight the mutual friendship between the two sides.
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There is a lot of synergy between the two sides in their style of play too, from the heavy metal gegenpressing football to their models off the pitch in terms of player recruitment. This is why it is no surprise Liverpool have enjoyed purchasing players from Leipzig and Salzburg so frequently in the past few years.
Even now, the club continue to monitor players such as Dominik Szoboszlai, Benjamin Šeško, Joško Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku, Luka Sučić and Konrad Laimer, all of whom have been linked with a move to Anfield in the past few seasons.
But FSG and Julian Ward may add another name to that list next season following the arrival of an exciting forward at Salzburg: Karim Konaté.
The 18-year-old forward will join the club from Ivory Coast’s renowned ASEC Mimosas after scoring 10 goals in 12 appearances for the club at CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League last season.
A quick and pacey forward with a potent finishing ability, Konaté also has five caps under his belt for Ivory Coast at senior level. He could be the finest player produced in the country since Yaya Touré, who also first started his career at ASEC Mimosas.
Known for his energy and work-rate, Konaté should have no problems settling into life at Salzburg. With the club possessing a track record of producing prolific and exciting forwards, from Erling Haaland to Patson Daka to Karim Adeyemi, Konaté could be the next in the production line for the Red Bull club.
If that is the case, Liverpool scouts should keep an eye on the exciting teenager, who will be one to watch in the coming season. He could well be the break-out forward at Salzburg alongside Benjamin Šeško next season given his exciting credentials at ASEC Mimosas. And at Anfield, maybe there could one day be a new chant: we all dream of a team of Konatés.
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