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Michael Owen reveals why he is ‘worried’ by Liverpool defender after Porto game

Michael Owen reveals why he is 'worried' by Liverpool defender after Porto game

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Michael Owen has revealed Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konate ‘worries him’ after the defender’s first-half display against Porto in the Champions League.

The Reds celebrated a 2-0 win against Porto in the Champions League rematch on Wednesday night.

The first-half was goalless, however, in the second-half both Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah netted to hand three points to their side.

Konate was booked on the half-hour mark for a challenge into the side of Mario, while his mistakes led to a handful of opportunities for Porto.

Former Reds striker Owen thinks there needed to be greater communication between Konate and his centre-back partner Joel Matip.

“It’s a huge game for Porto and they have got in once or twice,” Owen told BT Sport during their first-half analysis.

 

“Konate worries me a little bit, I must say.

 

“He presses a little bit, he comes in and likes to mark men and a lot of the time he gets done in behind.

 

“A couple of times there, we missed one or two off the reel we could’ve shown where people are getting in behind him so I think they’ve just got to be careful without [Virgil] Van Dijk there.

 

“Communication might be key between them. They don’t strike me as two players, Matip and Konate, that are going to speak to each other much.

 

“They’ve looked a little bit vulnerable. They need to tighten that up.”

Source – Liverpool ECHO

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Champions League: Liverpool 2-0 Porto