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Konate emphasises how Champions League win would eclipse biggest dreams with Liverpool reminder

Ibrahima Konate, Crystal Palace v Liverpool January 2022

Ibrahima Konate believes winning the Champions League in his first season with Liverpool would be the best moment of his life.

Konate is about to conclude his first season since joining Liverpool from RB Leipzig. The defender has had to be patient in the Premier League but has been trusted a lot in the Champions League.

Whether he will start the final is now a big question for Jurgen Klopp to decide. But it will be a special occasion for Konate regardless.

The final will take place at Stade De France, close to where he was born in Paris. Therefore, he thinks it is the ideal place for what would be a memorable trophy win to complete a treble for the club.

Konate told the Liverpool Echo: “I don’t have any children yet so I can’t be sure, but I think it will be the greatest moment.

“The Champions League final. In Paris. My home. If I tried I couldn’t have dreamt of anything better.”

Standing in Liverpool’s way, though, will be the Real Madrid team that won La Liga this season. They are the most successful club in the history of the European Cup.

After just falling short of the Premier League title, Liverpool will be picking themselves up quickly for a third cup final of the season.

Konate confesses Liverpool have been so busy that the reality of being in the Champions League final has not necessarily sunk in. But he knows what they need to do to prepare – and togetherness will be key.

He said: “We have had so many big games before we start thinking about it properly. But it’s going to come round really, really fast now and we need to get ready for it.

“I hope that we’ll come home with the title. What a story – going to Paris, my hometown and coming back to Liverpool with that trophy for an incredible celebration.

Konate can’t describe Champions League significance

“I think that for this Champions League trophy, we’re talking about games I watched on TV as a kid and grew up watching. Even the final against Madrid when they lost (in 2018), I watched on the television.

“So it’s something that is already part of my history because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. It’s indescribable what it means. I’ve not got the words to explain what winning huge trophies like this one would mean.

“The club wants to show that they’re already part of football history, and they want to go on demonstrating that year after year. So when I think about the motto of being together You’ll Never Walk Alone, and having this history together, it is beyond words, beyond dreams.”

Konate started seven games on Liverpool’s run to the final, which takes place on Saturday.

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