Wolves forward Adama Traore has been confirmed as a player Jurgen Klopp is a great admirer of following a recent report from The Liverpool ECHO.
However, whether or not Klopp will look to make a pursuit for Traore this summer window remains to be seen as Liverpool look to maintain their sensible approach amid the financial uncertainties that have come with the ongoing pandemic.
The Mirror recently reported that Wolves could look to sell Traore for a £40 million fee this summer amid interest from Liverpool and Manchester City.
Klopp was a big fanof the Spanish international during both of the Reds’ league victories against Wolves last season and the German manager did not shy away from giving Traore the highest of plaudits.
“He is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good”, Klopp said following the 2-1 victory at Molineux in January.
Ian Doyle of The ECHO also reiterated Klopp’s interest in the former Barcelona starlet but insisted the time for moving in for Traore could have to come at a later date with the Wolves forward currently too expensive for Liverpool to pursue a deal.
Speaking during a transfer Q&A for the ECHO, Doyle said: “There will come a point where LFC have to think of new forwards”
“I think AFCON moving has given them another season of Firmino/Salah/Mane, and a bit of time to plan for future.
“People often don’t realise how rare it is to have a front two – let alone three – play together for that long. Traore exciting and Klopp big, big fan but too expensive for right now, I’d imagine.”
What RTK has to say
Dolye is absolutely right. The time for blockbuster attacking purchase can wait while the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are still very much in their peak.
However, if The Mirror’s report is to be believed then £40 million for a potential future gamechanger suddenly looks like a modest valuation.
Liverpool’s priority in the ongoing summer window will be in adding attacking deputies and potentially another central defensive addition following the departure of Dejan Lovren.
The potential sales of Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic could speed up the need for an attacking addition given Melissa Reddy recently reported that major injuries or other unforeseen circumstances – like a player unexpectedly pushing for a move – can still affect the club’s transfer plans.
As has been evidenced since Klopp’s appointment in 2015 and under sporting director Michael Edwards’ tactical acumen in the market, there is a wide lens view on recruitment. Decision-making is not solely based on how superb a target is but a number of determining factors such as neccicity in varying positions.
With that in mind, we predict it is unlikely that Liverpool will look to pursue a move for Traore this summer but that the dynamic could indeed change in 2021.
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