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It’s drawing more and nearer, and regardless of the trophies up for grabs for Liverpool, there will inevitably be a hint of melancholy because this is the final game that manager Jurgen Klopp will be managing.

It may seem unreal, like autumn following winter, but it’s a harsh reality that Liverpool fans everywhere are struggling with on an inside level. Klopp is going to be departing.

To be fair, a lot of supporters have most likely come to terms with this inevitable. Online conversation is dominated by rumors about a new manager. Xabi Alonso is the front-runner, and his hiring would excite the fan base to no end.

The current state of player contracts, on the other hand, is more worrisome. The three main players—Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, and captain Virgil van Dijk—are all set to expire at the end of the 2024–2025 season, which is 14 months away.

Salah was targeted by Al-Ittihad last summer; the Saudi Pro League team was eager to have the Egyptian goal machine as their star player. Although Salah turns 32 in June, his performance this season—21 goals and 13 assists from 25 starts across all competitions—hardly seems to indicate an injury.

It would be acceptable to point out that, according to FBref, Salah is among the top 2% of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s top five leagues for goals scored and touches in the attacking penalty area over the past year, the top 1% for assists, and the top 20% for progressive passes per 90, suggesting that this is a player who is likely worth holding onto at the start of a new era.

Hey, there are a lot of variables at play, so who knows? However, now that Richard Hughes and Michael Edwards are a part of FSG’s footballing system and are settled, things should start to click on Merseyside.

After the little issue of Klopp’s replacement is resolved, of course, the club’s first priority will be to retain elite talent. Although Salah is the obvious attacking force inside Anfield, he is no longer regarded as one of the most lucrative stars on the roster.

Liverpool paid RB Leipzig £36 million in 2021 to fulfil Konate’s release clause. The previous year, Liverpool had traded Dejan Lovren to Zenit Saint-Petersburg, suffering the impact of that transfer after an amazing string of injuries interrupted the season of the reigning champions.

It’s drawing more and nearer, and regardless of the trophies up for grabs for Liverpool, there will inevitably be a hint of melancholy because this is the final game that manager Jurgen Klopp will be managing.

It may seem unreal, like autumn following winter, but it’s a harsh reality that Liverpool fans everywhere are struggling with on an inside level. Klopp is going to be departing.

To be fair, a lot of supporters have most likely come to terms with this inevitable. Online conversation is dominated by rumors about a new manager. Xabi Alonso is the front-runner, and his hiring would excite the fan base to no end.

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The current state of player contracts, on the other hand, is more worrisome. The three main players—Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, and captain Virgil van Dijk—are all set to expire at the end of the 2024–2025 season, which is 14 months away.

Salah was targeted by Al-Ittihad last summer; the Saudi Pro League team was eager to have the Egyptian goal machine as their star player. Although Salah turns 32 in June, his performance this season—21 goals and 13 assists from 25 starts across all competitions—hardly seems to indicate an injury.

It would be acceptable to point out that, according to FBref, Salah is among the top 2% of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s top five leagues for goals scored and touches in the attacking penalty area over the past year, the top 1% for assists, and the top 20% for progressive passes per 90, suggesting that this is a player who is likely worth holding onto at the start of a new era.

Hey, there are a lot of variables at play, so who knows? However, now that Richard Hughes and Michael Edwards are a part of FSG’s footballing system and are settled, things should start to click on Merseyside.

After the little issue of Klopp’s replacement is resolved, of course, the club’s first priority will be to retain elite talent. Although Salah is the obvious attacking force inside Anfield, he is no longer regarded as one of the most lucrative stars on the roster.

Liverpool paid RB Leipzig £36 million in 2021 to fulfil Konate’s release clause. The previous year, Liverpool had traded Dejan Lovren to Zenit Saint-Petersburg, suffering the impact of that transfer after an amazing string of injuries interrupted the season of the reigning champions.

The 6 foot 4 Frenchman is a sinew-framed, powerful defender who has long been considered a top prospect. Talent scout Jacek Kulig even expressed amazement at the “athletic phenomenon” in 2022.

early into his English adventure.

Van Dijk already had proven colleagues in Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but more depth was required. Konate was chosen because of his combination of technical skill and fundamental defensive power.

Konate had to step up, and he did, with Matip suffering an anterior cruciate rupture in December that ended the season. The veteran is also without a contract at the end of the current campaign, with the dynamic Gomez starting at full-back more frequently.

After making few starts in the first half of the season, Konate, 24, now seems to be Van Dijk’s senior central defense partner. Despite only starting 14 league games so far, Konate has played with a fair amount of consistency.

If Konate stays healthy over the next few months and years, he has a good chance of becoming one of Europe’s best defenders, if he isn’t already.

And his market price reflects this; although there are currently a few Redmen with higher price tags, Konate is undoubtedly moving quickly up the ranks of the team, with his £69 million valuation representing an amazing 92% increase in value in less than three years of service under Klopp’s direction.

Although it’s evident from last summer’s events that Salah is not worth £34 million, Konate’s newfound market price puts him above him. Nevertheless, the table above shows the progress Konate is making.

While many teams seem to prefer targeting Liverpool’s right side of defense in order to avoid Van Dijk and take chances against the seemingly inferior partner, Konate is beginning to show that he is just as dominant when performing his job.

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