Trent Alexander-Arnold has told Goal that he felt ‘powerless’ when he came up against Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore – amid reports Liverpool were interested in signing the Spain international last summer.
Traore, 24, is one match away from reaching an enormous 100 appearances in Wolves colours – but has struggled this season. Playing nine times, Traore is yet to score or create a single goal for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
It was very different last season. The former Barcelona powerhouse had a hand in 18 goals during his 54 league and cup outings. That form saw FourFourTwo claim Liverpool wanted Traore, with a fee of £40million said to be enough.
Now, England star Alexander-Arnold – who is currently injured with a calf problem – has delivered his verdict on Traore, claiming that he felt it is impossible to defend against Traore. He says the Spaniard is “not human”.
“It’s almost not human the way he can change direction and go. I’ve never felt so powerless against someone,” Traore said. “People are faster than you, that’s inevitable, but you can get yourself in good positions.
“But with him, and with his power as well, there’s nothing you can do. I remember last season when he came on at Anfield. He’s just turned and knocked it, and he was gone. I’ve never felt like that before. It has to be him, has to be.”
TBR’s view – Traore not fit in at Liverpool
The way Liverpool’s front three works see Roberto Firmino play as a false nine, dropping deep and allowing Sadio Mane and Mo Salah two go ahead and almost form a two-man striker system.
Salah and Mane are excellent in front of goal, and if Traore was to join Liverpool, that is likely to be where he plays. It means he would have to be stunning in front of goal – but he simply is not.
Just seven goals have been scored by Traore in his time at Wolves – meaning he averages less than a goal every 10 matches. He would get more chances at Liverpool, but he simply would not fit under Jurgen Klopp.