Whelan delivers Konate verdict after Klopp's 'harsh' Liverpool comments
Noel Whelan has insisted there is “no rush” to include summer signing Ibrahima Konate in the Liverpool starting eleven.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed there was no “quick fix” as the 22-year-old settles on Merseyside.
Konate has made just two appearances out of a possible 10 for Liverpool this season following his reported £36million summer move from RB Leipzig.
The defender made his Premier League debut in the 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Post-match, manager Jurgen Klopp (quoted by the Liverpool Echo) insisted the Frenchman still had to “adapt” to English football after being taught some “harsh lessons” during his Reds bow.
He signed a five-year deal with Liverpool, as he looks to partner Virgil Van Dijk in the starting eleven.
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Whelan insisted the France U21 international will “take time” to adapt to Klopp’s “process”.
“Look, I think some people take a bit of time to get settled in,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“There’s no doubt that when you come in from a different country and culture, it’s not easy.
“There’s a different style of play and new teammates to contend with, and it’s not a quick fix.
“There’s no rush. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp goes out there after three or four months and says, ‘That’s it, he’s not very good’.
“There will be a process behind it for Klopp, and he’ll take as much time as is needed until he’s confident the player is up to speed in the league.”
Konate arrived at Anfield having played 21 times in all competitions for RB Leipzig last term.
He made six appearances for the club in the Champions League.