Liverpool are reportedly set to make Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Adama Traore their first signing ahead of the 2021/22 season.
According to reports in Spain, the Reds have agreed a deal with the Midlands outfit in a switch that would see the winger become the second player to switch Molineux for Anfield in as many years, following the transfer of Diogo Jota.
Whilst the Portuguese has been a success story with the reigning Premier League champions, signing Traore would be a huge mistake by Michael Edwards as Liverpool aim to re-establish themselves at the top.
The £31.5m-rated wideman is of course a talented player but his productivity is simply not enough to justify a big-money swoop.
The five-time Spanish international’s statistics have nose-dived since then though, having only supplied a solitary assist for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men throughout the current season.
When comparing Traore with his former teammate, Jota, during 2020/21, it is the Liverpool man who continues to come out on top.
According to WhoScored, the Portuguese ace produces more shots and passes, whilst getting dispossessed much less frequently.
Considering he would also have competition from the likes of first choices Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, as well as Jota, Xherdan Shaqiri, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the returning Takumi Minamino for a starting berth out-wide, it is hard to envisage Traore making a significant impact on Merseyside.
Whilst Klopp might be keen to strengthen his options out wide with the “unplayable” Wolves man, Traore does not look like the correct solution.
Should they have agreed to a deal already, as reported, Edwards should do everything he can to back out as quickly as possible.
AND in more news, Liverpool should increase their bid for a Serie A starlet…