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Steve Nicol "could see" Liverpool signing Adama Traore but has a warning

Having the whole package is something you rarely see in a player, of course what the whole package involves depends on the position – a centre back with the whole package has very different attributes to a winger with the whole package. It is safe to say that Adama Traore isn’t far from having the whole package. Ex-Red Steve Nicol has said he “could see” Liverpool signing Adama Traore but added a caveat.

Steve Nicol has said he could see Liverpool signing Adama Traore but warned the player he wouldn’t start. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Liverpool have been linked with Adama Traore in the past, FourFourTwo being just one of a number of outlets to link Jürgen Klopp with the winger.

It is easy to see why Traore has been linked with a move to Anfield: he is direct, strong and pacey and has this season improved on the more technical aspects of his game.

So far this season Traore has bagged four goals and nine assists in the Premier League but has made a far larger impact than those stats would have you believe. The ex-Barcelona winger has been terrorising full backs with his speed on the wing and dribbling ability.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Ex-Red Steve Nicol said of Traore:

“I could see him going [to Liverpool], not as a starter though, I don’t think he’s quite ready to start for one of the, if not the, top team in the world.”

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“But there’s no question when he gets the ball, you sit on the edge of your seat, you wonder what’s going to happen and if you’re playing against him, disaster.”

What RTK has to say

Nicol is definitely right here. Whilst Traore would be an ideal Klopp signing there would be little sense in bringing him in now.

With Traore really kicking on in his development it would only stall his progress to take him from a side where he is playing every week. Having left Barcelona because he didn’t see a path to the first team it would make little sense for him to sign for a side where he is likely to be on the bench.

However, next summer could be the ideal time to take him to Anfield – Liverpool will be beginning their rebuild and will have more money in their pocket having made up from the losses sustained during the break. We would love to see Liverpool sign Adama Traore, just not yet.

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