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Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Konate fantastic for Villarreal win

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk hailed the performance of Ibrahima Konate for victory over Villarreal.

Van Dijk was partnered in central defence by Konate, who came in to the starting XI in place of Joel Matip against the Yellow Submarine.

It was Konate's 23rd appearance without defeat since arriving from RB Leipzig last summer as he continues to enjoy an impressive debut season with Liverpool.

“A fantastic player," said Van Dijk after their Champions League semifinal first-leg win. “To be that good already at such an age, it's crazy, in my opinion.

“Obviously he still has loads to learn and, in my opinion, as a centre-back I think it comes with experience, dealing with situations, dealing with mistakes, dealing with moments that you fail [in] maybe to make sure it doesn't happen anymore.

“But he is already at such a high level and such consistency as well. So, it's great to have each other and push each other each and every day. Joel obviously an incredible season as well, so let's keep that going."

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