Kevin Phillips thinks Adama Traore would be well suited at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly eyeing the Wolves attacker.
Adama Traore may not score or assist as often as he is expected to, but the Spanish winger certainly pleases the audience with his style of football. Regarded yet again as one of the key stars in the Wolves setup under Bruno Lage, he might be playing his last season at Molineux.
Traore’s contract ends in the summer of 2023, and there have been indications of a departure after reportedly refusing to sign a new deal. Tottenham attempted a late move in the summer transfer window, but Wolves were on hand to reject an agreement reportedly worth £30 million.
Liverpool are well aware of the situation with Traore and are prepared to step up their interest in the Spaniard. Klopp was scanning through in the summer for a wide attacker, with Ismaila Sarr of Watford one of the other players who were closely watched.
However, there are suggestions Liverpool might knock on Wolves’ door in the January window, hoping to reach a reasonable agreement for the Spaniard’s transfer. In any case, the Reds will then try and secure a discounted move next summer, knowing very well the need for Wolves to sell with a year left on his deal.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Phillips believes Traore would be well suited for Liverpool, claiming he could be a good option in attack, either from the start or bench. Speaking with Football Insider, Phillips gave his opinion on the Red’s potential pursuit of the Spaniard.
Phillips said, “I think it would be more of an impact sub solution – I think that’s all he would give them. I can’t see him starting loads and loads of games; it would almost be that Shaqiri situation where he comes off the bench. He would probably get more minutes than Shaqiri did.”
“Does he start every week? Of course not, because he won’t dislodge Mane, Jota, Firmino, Salah. I think he would be a really good impact player, but his form at Wolves has been pretty poor. From a player’s point of view, if you get the opportunity to go to Liverpool – you take it.”
Phillips does appear to be correct in his assessment and Traore would fit the Shaqiri mould for Liverpool. The Reds, though, do need a player of that sort following the Swiss international’s move to Lyon, and it remains to be seen if Traore ends up joining the Reds anytime soon.
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