Liverpool are considering signing Adama Traore from Wolves, according to a recent report. The winger is the exact type of player Jurgen Klopp thrives on.
90Min make that claim, saying that the Reds will battle Barcelona and Manchester City for Traore. They also say that the 23-year-old would cost a huge £70m.
No matter how likely you think it is – this is transfer season, after all, and rumours will swirl – there’s no doubt that the player fits.
Traore is the kind of signing that Liverpool and Klopp have had enormous success with over recent years. He’s that untested-at-the-top-level player who just needs a jump up and bit of specific coaching.
There are absolutely no worries about the raw talent, after all. Traore is lightening quick and ruthlessly strong, able to run with the ball and create out of nothing with his pace. But he is inconsistent and unreliable – he needs maturing.
It’s easy to see how a manager – and particularly Klopp – can mould that into something very special.
He’s done it before, certainly. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah suffered the same doubts. Salah’s failure at Chelsea, for instance, ruined his reputation in England.
People saw him as a pace merchant who was very unreliable at the top end of the pitch. Sound familiar?
Then there’s Gini Wijnaldum, a costly signing from a relegated club. Andy Robertson, a cheap signing from a relegated club. There’re the doubts that swirled around Virgil van Dijk when he arrived.
But it’s just another example of Liverpool and Klopp taking a player many weren’t sure about, but clearly had the raw qualities, and coaching them into a top player.
If Liverpool were to move for Traore, you have to imagine we’d see the same thing happen yet again.