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Liverpool star scores in behind-closed-doors friendly days before possible Euro 2024 bow

Ibrahima Konate looks on during a France training session.
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Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate is away with France for the European Championship at the moment and while he is yet to play a minute of competitive action in Germany, he has still scored for his nation.

Konate was involved in a mid-tournament friendly against German side Paderborn's U21s to maintain his fitness levels and match sharpness, with the Liverpool man finding the back of the net. France won the game 7-0 according to Euro Foot.

Bayern Munich duo Kingsley Coman and Benjamin Pavard were also involved. PSG star Bradley Barcola netted a hat-trick and there were also goals from Coman, Randal Kolo Muani and Youssouf Fofana.

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Didier Deschamps' side, who have been finalists in the last three major international tournaments, kickstarted their campaign with a 1-0 win against Austria. France plays the Netherlands tomorrow and then concludes its group next Tuesday against Poland with Arsenal stopper William Saliba having been preferred over Konate so far.

France superstar Kylian Mbappe was influential in breaking the deadlock in the first game of the tournament. Les Bleus had been kept quiet for most of the opening stages of the game until he helped force an error, though he later broke his nose.

"Demotion is not the right word," Liverpool defender Konate told Le Monde this week when asked about losing his place under Jurgen Klopp at the back end of last season. "There was nothing at stake in Liverpool's last few games. If that had been the case, I would have been in a different mood and I would have discussed it with the coach.

"But I've worked twice as hard on my own, alongside my club training, to be ready for this Euro. Mentally, there's nothing to say. Physically, I'm still lacking a bit of game time in my legs, but I'm not worried."

Liverpool.com says: A big summer awaits for Konate in terms of establishing himself in the pecking order. The biggest thing for him, though, is just staying fit and avoiding injury. If he can get some consistency in his availability then he will be a massive asset for Arne Slot when the Dutchman properly takes over at Anfield.