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Ibrahima Konate leaps to defence of Arsenal star William Saliba following criticism from Liverpool fan on Twitter

Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate has leapt to the defence of his Arsenal counterpart and France international teammate William Saliba on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) following criticism from a Liverpool fan.

The Reds star has lost his place in the France starting XI to the Gunners centre-back and has yet to feature in the European Championship.

Saliba has played every game at Euro 2024 and has helped France reach the semi-final of the tournament following some impressive performances so far.

The Arsenal star kept Portugal at bay in the quarterfinal but conceded a free-kick in the 83rd minute, and a Liverpool fan who admires Konate took to X to point it out.

The Liverpool defender was having none of it, taking to the comment section to react.

“My brother, stop doing that,” Konate replied.

“Saliba is so good and he’s my brother! He deserves all this! So let’s be happy for him.

“Thank you for supporting me. I wasn’t 100% that’s all. Now we have to go to the final. (Arsenal fans, you are so funny. See you soon In Sha Allah).”

Saliba has been one of the best players at Euro 2024 and Konate knows he will not be dislodging him anytime soon, reacting to losing his spot some days ago and honestly admitting injuries have taken their toll on him.

The Arsenal star has been paired alongside Dayot Upamecano in the heart of the French defence and France manager Didier Deschamps has been won over having initially had reservations over the Gunners centre-back heading into the tournament.

Saliba played every minute of the 2023-24 Premier League campaign, helping the Gunners concede the least goals in the English top-flight, and he has continued his brilliance at international level, featuring in every minute of Euro 2024 so far.

France take on Spain in the semi-final on Tuesday and the 23-year-old will be looking to shut them out and help his side advance to the final.

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