Former striker urges Liverpool target to ‘take his chance’ and secure move

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 8:20 - James Holland

Adama Traore Wolves

Former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips has urged a top Liverpool target to join Jurgen Klopp’s men while he has the chance.

The Reds continue their league campaign against Watford on Saturday at 12:30. The match will mark the start of Claudio Ranieri’s tenure with the Hornets.

Of course, Klopp and Liverpool will be looking to crash the welcome party. A win would take them above Chelsea and into top spot before the Blues face Brentford later on in the day.

Liverpool’s forwards have helped them to make a quick start. Mo Salah has registered six league goals already, while Sadio Mane is on four.

Despite their great form, the Merseyside outfit continue to be linked with a number of attackers.

They are monitoring Raphinha of Leeds United. The talented 24-year-old bagged two goals on his first start for Brazil during the international break.

Another target is Wolves’ Adama Traore. The former Barcelona man continues to terrorise Prem defenders with his raw speed and power.

He has struggled in recent games, but Phillips thinks the Spaniard would be a good squad player at Anfield.

The pundit told Football Insider: “I can’t see him starting loads and loads of games, it would almost be that Shaqiri situation where he comes off the bench.

“He would probably get more minutes than Shaqiri did. Does he start every week? Of course not, because he won’t dislodge Mane, [Diogo] Jota, [Roberto] Firmino and Salah.

“I think he would be a really good impact player, but his form at Wolves has been pretty poor.

“From a player’s point of view, if you get the opportunity to go to Liverpool – you take it.”

Traore is expected to feature on Sunday when Wolves travel to Leeds.

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Klopp asks why Liverpool man received England snub

Klopp has questioned Joe Gomez’s absence on the international scene. The centre-back has only recently returned from a serious knee problem.

Despite this, he is highly thought of by coaches for club and country. He was left out of the England squad for the recent matches against Andorra and Hungary.

John Stones played even though he has been kept on the bench at Man City this season.

Reacting to Gomez’s omission, Klopp told a press conference: “I know that Gareth from time to time reacts that if a player’s not playing regularly at his club then he’s not playing for his national team.

“Obviously there’s a special rule for Mr Stones, but Joe didn’t get called up. Stuff like this would have helped him to have some games.

“I really think he’s exceptional, but in the moment we have five exceptional centre-halves and Nat [Phillips] is not making the squad, but he trains exceptional as well.

“Joe has nothing to do differently, just to continue working and everything will be fine.”

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