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Opinion: Adama Traore has the tools for Liverpool to create a superstar

Adama Traore has the tools for Liverpool to create a superstar. The Reds reportedly want the Wolves winger this summer.

90min claims Liverpool could be in for Adama Traore this summer. Wolves have made him available as they look to raise funds, with the Reds long-term admirers of the Spaniard.

Traore is certainly an interesting proposition. He’s arguably the most physically gifted player in the Premier League, able to blow by defenders or shrug them off.

But Traore also remains incredibly raw. Despite his gifts, he only provided Wolves with two goals and two assists last season. That was actually a regression on the previous season’s four and nine.

Is there the ability to justify a move, then? Or has his development stalled enough to worry?

Is Adama Traore a potential superstar?

We think Liverpool could work wonders with Traore. They have a habit under Jurgen Klopp of taking players with a little doubt about them and pushing them to new heights.

One player who’s a good Traore-esque example of that is Mohamed Salah. He too had a reputation as a pace-first player who didn’t quite have the end product.

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Now, Salah was on more of an ‘upswing’ by the time Liverpool signed him than Traore. He was nowhere near the player he would become, though.

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Liverpool found a way to take Salah’s strengths and magnify them in the team. They allowed him the freedom to attack opposition areas, they utilised Roberto Firmino to create more space for him, they built a team that thrived on quick counter-attacks.

The result was Salah being better than ever, playing in a team that suited his skillset. We saw similar with Sadio Mane on the other flank.

Would Traore also explode into one of the world’s greatest goalscorers? Almost certainly not. But he does have the same kind of skillset that Liverpool can use to make a superstar.

The chances are quite small but they’re there. If Liverpool get him back on track and teach him to use his pace and strength in specific ways, there’s star potential. And at a discount price, the chance is probably worth taking.

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