May 14, 2021

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Klopp’s blue-eyed boy touted as perfect fit for Liverpool


Emile Heskey believes Adama Traore is “100%” suited to Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp lauded the Wolves man on Monday night.

Traore showed glimpses of brilliance in Wolves’ 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool and it left Klopp in awe of the winger.

Klopp has piled praise on the former Middlesbrough man before and Heskey thinks he would be a perfect fit at Anfield.

“I think he suits a lot of teams but 100% Liverpool,” the former Reds striker told Rousing The Kop. “If you look at last season the way Liverpool played a lot of the goals they scored, a lot of them were fast counter attacks.

“He definitely comes into that bracket, again there’s no reason why you can’t have competition in several positions.”

Traore has been linked with Liverpool on numerous occasions, most recently in January. Sport claimed Liverpool, Leeds and Man City were chasing the 25-year-old, who has struggled for form this season.

After a rip-roaring season last term when Traore produced four goals and nine assists, this season has been a struggle. The speedy winger has just one assist in 28 Premier League outings.

He does though like coming up against Klopp’s men and once again he saved one of his better performances against the champions.

 

 

It left Klopp raving about the player again at full-time.

“[Traore] is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable. What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good,” said Klopp at Molineux.

“The speed of Traore is actually undefendable,” he added.

Klopp is expected to shake-up his forward line this summer with Divock Origi likely to be moved on.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s future also remains unclear Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will all turn 30 by the end of next season

Whether or not Traore comes into Klopp’s thinking regarding transfers in the summer remains to be seen. But the German will surely fancy his chances of improving the former Barcelona man, as he has done with almost every player he has signed at Liverpool.


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Top-four ‘almost impossible’

Meanwhile, Klopp admits it will be “almost impossible” to finish in the top four this season.

Despite Monday’s win over Wolves – only their fourth in the league since Christmas – moving to them within five points of Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification spot Klopp believes they still have an uphill battle.

“I like to be an optimist, but in the league it is almost impossible to qualify in the competition for the Champions League places that we have,” Klopp, whose side are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, told German newspaper Bild.

“At Tottenham, Gareth Bale is now playing again, and they are also in the running. Plus (Manchester) City and United, who are far away.

“Chelsea is on the rise. Reaching Champions League qualification through the league will be difficult, we know that.

“You don’t usually win the Champions League itself in a year with injury worries as big as we have.

“Then in the worst case it will be next year: no Champions League, maybe Europa League, although that is not guaranteed either.”

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