Traore, who is now a fully fledged Spanish international just like Liverpool’s marquee summer signing Thiago Alcantara, has been a player who has enjoyed relative success against the reigning Premier League champions, with Reds’ left-back Andy Robertson once claiming that the winger “ripped him apart” in a league game when the Reds faced Wolves at Molineux.
Speaking about Traore back in May, Robertson said:
“Traore, this season, ripped me apart, to be fair. I think he could give most Premier League defenders a 15-yard start and he would win the race.”
Klopp himself has had kind words for the winger in the past, calling him “unplayable” after a recent meeting between his side and Wolves.
Rico’s report claims that Wolves would be willing to sell Traore for around €70m and that Klopp would be keen to bring the player into his squad.
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Traore has performed well against Liverpool in the past, and in general he’s been an effective Premier League player, over the last few seasons, so it’s not a surprise to see that he is on Klopp’s radar.
The Spaniard’s unique blend of skill, strength, speed and vision make him a very difficult winger to play against and despite having signed Traore’s former teammate Diogo Jota just a few weeks ago, Liverpool do still have room in their squad for another wide player.
Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri look to be fringe players at best for Liverpool, whilst Harvey Elliott is a youngster who could likely do with a loan move at some point in order to get regular first team action. Added to that, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury issues haven’t really gone away, so there could well be room in the squad for another player who can play in either of the wide positions in The Reds’ front three.
By modern day standards, €70m (around £63m) isn’t too extortionate a price and aged 24, Traore still has plenty of football ahead of him. With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both aged 28, The Reds might have one eye on signing another successor to the African duo – presuming Jota is one of the long-term replacements. If Klopp can bring Traore in – either in January or next summer – it could be a very shrewd piece of business.