Why Ibrahima Konate is absent for Liverpool against Toulouse after narrow escape

Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool at AXA Training Centre on October 25, 2023 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate has been handed the evening off for Liverpool’s Europa League Group E clash against Toulouse at Anfield.

Konate narrowly escaped a dismissal in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby. The centre-back was already on a booking when he tripped Toffees striker Beto - but did not receive a second caution.

Konate, who has had niggling injury issues since joining Liverpoool from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2021, has been handed a rest against Toulouse. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip start in central defence, with Virgil van Dijk and Jarell Quansah providing cover on the bench.