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Is Adama Traore the answer to a major Liverpool problem?

Adama Traore might be the answer to an upcoming problem at Liverpool. Or at least, there’s a solid argument that he could be.

The Africa Cup of Nations will disrupt Liverpool’s season – there’s no getting around that. It’s just about how much it disrupts it.

Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will all depart over the winter to take part in the tournament. Now, Liverpool can cover Keita with a selection of other midfield options.

The other two, however, as a much bigger problem. Diogo Jota will take the place of one but that still leaves a gaping hole on the other flank.

Signing someone in January is certainly not the most cost-effective way of fixing the issue. It could be the most practical, however, as it would give the Reds another senior star to make up for lost numbers.

Fabrizio Romano claims Liverpool are at least considering that option.

“Liverpool are looking for wingers because in January they’ll be losing Salah & Mané,” Romano told his Here We Go podcast.

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“No panic buys – only if they have a good opportunity they’ll do it.”

So with all of that in mind, is Adama Traore a genuine option?

Adama Traore to Liverpool?

Traore has been at the forefront of Liverpool transfer stories for some time. After all, this is a player Jurgen Klopp once described as ‘undefendable’.

And it’s easy to see how Traore could bring that quality to Liverpool. He’s someone who can deliver the direct, pace-driven attack that Klopp wants on his wings.

He’s rapid, as everyone knows, and an elite dribbler. In fact, no one averages more dribbles than Traore in the Premier League – 5.6 per game.

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The Spaniard has created 11 shots for teammates through dribbles this season. That’s the highest figure in the league, three ahead of second-place Salah.

And in some ways, that’s exactly what Liverpool would need in a January signing. Someone who can deliver somewhat similarly to the Reds’ current options. After all, the player who comes in won’t have time to adapt.

With Traore’s contract up in 2023 (per FourFourTwo), Wolves will almost certainly listen to offers. That doesn’t mean he’d be cheap but Liverpool could get them to the table.

In return, the squad could get someone ready to make an instant impact and a decent development project. Traore may not be the perfect signing but he’s likely one Liverpool should consider.

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