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‘He just fancies it’… Ally McCoist seriously impressed with £36m Liverpool player’s confidence v Southampton

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Pundit Ally McCoist has praised Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate after his performance against Southampton.

Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup having beaten Championship side Southampton 3-0 at Anfield.

Whilst many are still on a high from Sunday’s Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea, it was back to business on Wednesday night.

Southampton posed a real threat in the first half and squandered a number of chances before Lewis Koumas marked his first start with a fine low strike to open the scoring.

Another youngster made it 2-0 after the break with Jayden Danns calmly lofting a beautiful dink into the net, celebrating in front of the Kop.

Danns rounded off the scoring with another goal late on, firing into an empty net after Conor Bradley’s strike had been saved.

This ended up being another brilliant showcase of Liverpool’s young talents, but £36million defender Ibrahima Konate also caught the eye…

Ally McCoist on Ibrahima Konate

One moment in the second half saw Southampton winger Kamaldeen Sulemana pick up the ball down the left channel.

The Ghana international tried to take on Liverpool defender Konate down the outside but found the Frenchman in dominant form.

Konate won the ball like it was nothing, matching Sulemana stride for stride before comfortably snatching possession and sending Liverpool back on the attack.

This was a moment of real power and poise from Konate, who came off the bench to replace Virgil van Dijk at half-time.

Konate’s defending against Sulemana drew praise from pundit Ally McCoist (28/02, 21:08) as he covered the game on ITV.

McCoist was impressed with the confidence Konate showed, almost bullying Sulemana off the ball.

McCoist added that Konate ‘just fancies it’ when a quick winger runs at him, seemingly knowing that he can dominate anybody.

“You just know, you just know that big fella has got an air of confidence when somebody runs at him, even with the pace,” said McCoist. “He just fancies it, Konate, he really does,” he added.

Virgil van Dijk isn’t going anywhere any time soon but Konate looks like he can become the next leader of the Liverpool back line.

It’s easy to forget that the Frenchman is still only 24, but we feel that injuries are the only thing that can really hold Konate back.

If he can stay away from injury trouble, Konate has the ability – and physicality – to be the man Liverpool build the defence around for years to come.

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