Ibrahima Konaté, a Liverpool defender, was on the bench for France as Lionel Messi and Argentina won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. This is what we noticed when playing the game
Lionel Messi and ngel Di Mara thought they had powered Argentina to a World Cup final triumph in Qatar, but Kylian Mbappé came out of nowhere to pull his team back into the game. But Messi and his country responded by scoring a winner in the second half of extra time, demonstrating once more why he will be remembered as the greatest player in the history of the sport.
Ibrahima Konaté, Liverpool’s sole representative in the competition, was left on the bench for France until the final few minutes of extra-time, with a front-row seat in the stadium for a fantastic final. But, in the end, it would not go his way. After a contest of that size and skill, penalties felt harsh, but Argentina will not care: Kingsley Coman and Aurélien Tchouaméni missed, leaving Gonzalo Montiel to net the winner.
Mbappé was kept quiet until late in normal time, when he netted an incredible quick-fire double to bring his country level, while Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembélé only lasted 40 minutes before France made a double change in the first half, bringing on Randal Kolo Muani and Marcus Thuram, both of whom made an impact. Argentina, on the other hand, was victorious.
Despite Konaté’s absence, there was plenty to learn from the showpiece final, with Messi further cementing his incredible legacy in the game by scoring three times in total and Benfica star and reported target Enzo Fernández, who Portuguese outlet Record claims Liverpool have already signed a ‘pre-agreement’ with, starring for the South Americans.
This is what Liverpool.com saw during the World Cup final, in which Argentina was declared victors in one of the best finals ever.
Without a doubt, Dayot Upamecano is an excellent central defender. However, had Ibrahima Konaté been chosen ahead of the Bayern Munich player, there may have been few objections raised so far in the competition.
Konaté has been a standout performer in the matches for which he has been selected, rarely putting a foot wrong. Upamecano, on the other hand, has appeared to be an accident waiting to happen at times.
The former RB Leipzig player on the field did not perform poorly, and France’s defeat was not his responsibility. The former RB Leipzig midfielder would have been understandably unhappy at being placed on the bench until Raphael Varane simply could not continue.
His appearance towards the end of the game was a pleasant reward, but France did not win.
Enzo Fernández observe
Liverpool fans will have been watching to see if Fernández could dazzle on the big stage — yet it might have actually aided the Reds in any potential negotiations if he hadn’t won.
In truth, Fernández has done nothing to suggest that he is worth £105 million ($127 million/€120 million) (the value of his release clause), but there is certainly a brilliant midfielder waiting to be discovered.
Real Madrid is also interested in the Benfica player, who only recently arrived in Europe. Liverpool can recruit both Fernández and Jude Bellingham, but the competition will have become stronger as a result of this event.
He played a key role in controlling the center of the pitch in one of the biggest games ever, with some of his progressive passes into the penalty area being particularly outstanding.
The Lionel Messi point has been established.
Of course, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are not the only two players in contention for the title of finest player of all time, but they are the two in pole position over the last 15 years.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp weighed in on the duo in February 2020, speaking to YouTube channel freekickerz.
“For me, Messi, but I couldn’t admire Ronaldo more than I already do,” he responded when asked who he preferred, the German remaining diplomatic so as not to make too many headlines.
“The reason is that we’ve already played against both, and both are nearly impossible to defend. Messi, on the other hand, has far lower physical requirements from infancy.”
Klopp went on to explain that Messi’s level was more astounding because to Ronaldo’s physical advantages, adding that Ronaldo was also ‘amazing’ to avoid too much controversy.
Messi’s legacy was secure going into this game, no matter what happened. He is now the best of all time. Klopp, like the majority of others, was previously correct, but this result — even though it might have gone either way — has simply helped to highlight that even more.