The potential signing of Ibrahima Konate would be a “real kick in the teeth” for Ben Davies at Liverpool.

That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Athletic reported that Liverpool are finalising a £34million deal for the 21-year-old RB Leipzig centre-back.

Davies was a surprise addition from Preston North End in January, costing the club just £2m after news of the swoop was first broken by Football Insider.

The 25-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for the club.

Whelan predicts that Konate’s possible arrival could spell the end of Davies’ Anfield career before it has even begun.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It doesn’t bode well for Davies. He was a signing they wouldn’t have made unless they had to. 

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“You’ll probably see Davies go out on loan. For Davies, that move was as much a surprise for him as it was for anybody.

“Like Klopp said, it was a transfer that they wouldn’t normally look at. That’s a real kick in the teeth, isn’t it?

“If one of them was surplus to requirements, it would be him.”

Konate, a 12-time French U-21 international, has featured 15 times for RB Leipzig in 2020-21.

Six of those appearances coming in the Champions League and he was named on the bench as Liverpool overcame RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate in the last-16.

In other news, Liverpool are in “advanced talks” over a commercial deal finance expert Kieran Maguire has labelled “staggeringly lucrative.”