RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has opened up on the future of Ibrahima Konate amid interest from Liverpool.

The ECHO understands that Reds have placed Konate on a five-man centre-back shortlist that they will consider signing this summer.

Various reports have emerged over the past few weeks claiming that a deal is close to being completed, but as things stand he is still a Leipzig player.

Liverpool could well be in the market for a new centre-back this summer, despite Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip expected to return to action for the start of next season.