Liverpool should be watching Adama Traore at Barcelona very closely right now. The winger is enjoying rich form and an unclear future.
We’ve seen links between Liverpool and Adama Traore for years now – it’s just debatable how strong they actually were. 90min said the Reds had interest back in June and then the Daily Star said similar in August. There was never serious links, though.
But the logic is sound. Liverpool play with incredible pace in the wide positions, asking their wingers to push forward, run with the ball, and offer a constant threat in behind. Traore does all of that naturally as one of the fastest, most powerful wingers around.
We’ve said before that he’s got the raw attributes to make him a magnificent development project. Jurgen Klopp could, potentially, turn Traore into a star.
But there have always been massive question marks hanging over the Spaniard. His end product is questionable, with Traore scoring two and assisting two over the entirety of last season in the Premier League. He managed just a single goal – no assists – for Wolves this season, too.
And those figures would always put Liverpool off. Would a more aggressive, attacking environment than Wolves bring out more? It was always hard to tell without actually signing him. Fortunately, Barcelona may have done the hard bit for everyone else.
Adama Traore and Liverpool
Barcelona signed Traore on loan in January but AS claim he could leave in the summer. There’s an option to sign him but expensive plans elsewhere (Erling Haaland etc.) mean the Catalonians could let him return to England.
And should that happen, we wonder if Liverpool will ask about Traore. His form in Barcelona has been fantastic and he’s quickly shown an ability to create at the highest level.
The 26-year-old has four assists in six games, creating at least one chance for a teammate each time. His running with the ball has looked incredibly dangerous, too, with Barcelona able to push him higher up the pitch than Wovles were.
And seeing as Traore is a player that Klopp already considers ‘undefendable’, his form should raise eyebrows on Merseyside. He could well be available on the cheap in the summer and there’s not much doubt anymore that Liverpool could do something with him.
We think this is one to watch, should Barcelona turn down their option.