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Ibrahima Konate happy to fight for place at Liverpool

Ibrahima Konate is happy to fight for his place at Liverpool.

Konate is staking his claim alongside Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Phillips and Virgil van Dijk as the Reds juggle three competitions and a fourth to come when they enter the FA Cup in January.

“For sure it is not easy because every player wants to play, you know? But I know I am young and I need to work to play. I was in Germany and now I am in the Premier League in Liverpool, one of the best teams in the world," said Konate in the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine.

“It is not easy to come and play automatically at Liverpool. I know Jürgen, I know [Klopp] what he does and of course I need to work. I hope with time this [being selected] will be automatic. I will work for this.

“Everything is good. I love the challenge and, for sure, the Premier League is not the same as German football. The intensity is different and you have a lot of big players here. It is not easy, but we play football for that."

The French defender does not wish to look too far into the future but feels sure Klopp's men have the quality required to target silverware this term.

Konate said: “Of course, who doesn't have this ambition to win the Premier League? But for now I think we need to be focused game by game.

“We have Premier League, we have Champions League – we have lots of games, but with this team I think we can do a big thing this season. Winning both is not easy. But if we can, then why not?"

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