Wolves: Adama Traore 'has everything' says expert
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Liverpool have been encouraged to act on their interest in Adama Traore, a player Jurgen Klopp has been extremely complementary about in the past. Former Red Steve McManaman believes the Spaniard could be the perfect option off the bench at Anfield, although it remains to be seen whether that kind of assignment would interest the player.
Traore has established himself as one of the most electric players in the Premier League, revered for his devastating pace and fearless dribbling.
Once the 25-year-old gets going, he is like a freight train running at opposition backlines, although his unpredictable final product often leaves his numbers hit and miss.
McManaman, who made over 300 appearances for Liverpool before going on to Real Madrid and Manchester City, had his say on where he sees the winger fitting in at Anfield.
He told HorseRacing.net: “I think that type of player would be a good option to bolster Liverpool’s squad, but I wouldn’t want to pay a lot of money for him.
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“I think Liverpool could do with a different type of player from what they have currently and Adama Traore can bring something different.
“He’s a wide player who wants to go round the outside of defenders, he wants to get crosses in from the byline and I think that would help Liverpool if ‘plan A’ wasn’t working for them.
“Last season they relied a lot on Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, which I think was unfair on them because you shouldn’t expect your full backs to be your wide men.”
The problem when it comes to Adama is the fact that Liverpool already have a well-established front three.
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Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been virtually irreplaceable in recent seasons, even with a red hot Diogo Jota knocking on the door last campaign.
As such, a ‘Plan B’ is perhaps the limit of what Adama would be at Anfield, a role he may not be enthralled by as he ventures further into his mid-twenties.
Still, Klopp’s admiration of the player cannot be questioned in light of comments he made last season.
After his side’s January clash with Wolves, the German said: “[Traore] is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good.”
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Bringing him off the bench does make sense when it comes to such an unorthodox talent, whose only thought when he gets the ball is to make a b-line towards the opposition box, with nothing to chase him but tired legs.
Without doubt, signing Adama would give Liverpool greater strength in depth – whether new Wolves boss Bruno Lage would be receptive to an approach is another question altogether.
Some astronomical prices have previously been quoted in relation to the Spaniard, but after a sub-par season last time out and a change in management, it could be the right time to strike.
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