Adama Traore is a player that Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool hold in the highest regard following two extremely impressive auditions against the champions last season.
In fact, Liverpool’s German manager even deemed Traore as ‘unplayable’ following his performance during a 2-1 defeat against the Reds at Molineux back in January.
Eye-watering transfer fee
It’s to no surprise then that according to reports from The Mail that Liverpool are indeed interested by the prospect of signing the former Barcelona talent yet the club could have to fork out £70 million if they were to land Traore from Wolves.
Considering Klopp has previously spoken out about limited funding in terms of transfers this summer, it is difficult to see Liverpool sanctioning any kind of deal for Traore considering such an eye-watering valuation.
Liverpool are yet to make a blockbuster attacking purchase since the signing of Mohamed Salah in 2017.
One reason for this is they simply haven’t had to as it is practically impossible to find upgrades in the current market for Liverpool’s pedigreed front-trident of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah.
However, nothing lasts forever, especially in football and the dynamic could change entirely in 2021.
For one, all of the aforementioned trio will be pushing 30 in a years time and it will be increasingly difficult for the club to find replacements all at once which could encourage Liverpool to get the ball rolling and act in the following transfer window.
Liverpool have been known to spend big when they have had to and this was showcased in the gargantuan figures required to land both Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Both transfers were made available to Klopp because there was a glaring need to fill in a crucial area of the team with sufficient enough quality to enable Liverpool to challenge in both the league and in Europe as well.
It’s fair to say that both Van Dijk and Alisson were indeed outstanding value for money following the club’s recent success unrivalled success over the past two years and it showcases that if there is a need to sign the best then Liverpool will indeed do just that.
Looking at the data
The key factor behind Liverpool potentially signing Traore next year could hinge on the trajectory of progress he continues to make during the 2020/21 campaign.
Looking at the 24-year-old’s data from last season it is clear to see that Traore made huge strides in his development in comparison to the previous year.
In terms of appearances, Traore managed to clock up an impressive 54 appearances in all competitions last season showcasing a durability that can seriously benefit Liverpool considering the Reds’ regular involvement in numerous competitions.
According to WhoScored, Traore’s offensive game reached a whole new level entirely in terms of attacking qualities. Throughout the 2019/20 PL campaign, he averaged 5 dribbles per game (PG), 1.3 key passes PG and 1.2 shots PG.
Compared to the previous season where Traore averaged just 2.2 dribbles, 0.6 key passes and 0.7 shots PG his overall game has improved considerably.
This will be something that Liverpool will continue to monitor next season as in a years time the need for a substantial attacking addition will likely increase.
Also, given Traore has three years remaining on his current Wolves deal, the Midlands outfit will feel in no rush to sell which can work to Liverpool’s advantage in the long-term.
The financial landscape could also be different in a year’s time as well so Liverpool’s patient approach going forward could benefit the Reds in 2021 as they will then be able to operate with a greater security regarding finances.
There is no doubt that a swoop for Traore will indeed be a gamble given the substantial price-tag that comes with such potential, yet if the player continues to improve on a weekly basis then all of a sudden Traore could become a prospect Liverpool just cannot ignore in 12 months time.