Traore does fit the bill for Liverpool in a few ways. He’s versatile, for one thing, capable of playing out wide or through the middle. We know that Jurgen Klopp likes this in his forwards, given that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Divock Origi are all capable of that.
He’s quick, too – another trait that defines Liverpool’s attack – while at 23 he’s got plenty of room for development. Klopp has a brilliant knack of making players better and the 23-25 age range is one that tends to work. Mane was 24 when he moved to Anfield, while Salah was 25, for instance.
But the big difference between Traore and Liverpool’s current stars is the purpose for signing them. Liverpool don’t need starting forwards – they did in previous years.
Traore may be a bright talent, but he’s not going to get the same kind of game time to develop.
And that’s why Lyon’s supposed £40m asking price is simply too much. That’s more than any of Liverpool’s current attacking stars cost when they were signed.
If Traore were a sure thing or a ready-made player, it may be understandable if Liverpool paid it. As it is, that’s a lot of money for a player who may not play enough to develop into a £40m player.