Many Liverpool fans were left impressed by the performance of Wolves’ Adama Traore following the Reds 2-1 win at Molineux Stadium on Thursday night.

The game represented one of Liverpool’s toughest Premier League away matches this season, with the home side proving both difficult to break down and dangerous on the counter.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead through Jordan Henderson before Raul Jimenez headed an equalising goal past Alisson Becker early in the second half. That goal was the first the Reds had conceded since Richarlsion’s header in Liverpool's 5-2 Merseyside Derby victory back in early December.

The goal was created thanks to an exquisite chipped cross from Traore who caused the Liverpool defence problems all night, and although Roberto Firmino popped up late in the game to seal all three points for Liverpool, it was Traore's performance that saw him awarded Man of the Match.

The awarded accolade was understandable when you consider that the Wolves man was up against the best defence in the division, and yet he still managed to complete 15/17 of his attempted dribbles.

Adama Traore dribble map vs Liverpool
Adama Traore dribble map vs Liverpool

For comparison, Mohamed Salah completed the highest number of dribbles for Liverpool in the game with a total of just seven.

This sort of dribbling output isn’t a rarity for the 23-year-old however, and many other opponents have struggled to cope with his prowess in this department over the course of the season.

The same is highlighted by the fact that his average of 14.13 dribbles per 90 minutes this season ranks as the highest average of any player in the Premier League and is the second-highest average of any player across Europe's top five divisions. 

His brute physical strength and unrivalled speed means that he can conquer almost any opponent he comes across.  However, a criticism of his game up until recently, and perhaps a reason why he hasn’t been linked with a move to a bigger club, was that his dribbling proficiency was rarely complimented with an adequate final ball.

Last season, he was often a bit-part player and managed just two assists across all competitions.

This season, however, looks to be a real breakout campaign for Traore in terms of fusing that fleet-footedness with creativity and goal threat in the final third. He can already boast a total of 12 assists across all senior competitions, as well as an impressive five goals.

As a result, the 23-year-old has established himself as one of Wolves’ most significant players and is fast becoming one of the Premier League’s most talked-about stars.

With all of the above in mind, added with the impact his performance left on Liverpool in Thursday night's game, is he the sort of player that could thrive in Klopp's side?

There is no doubt that his skill set could have an impact for Liverpool, purely based on how uniquely effective it can be.

However, in terms of suitability, both Traore and Liverpool are not necessarily the best match. This is down to the fact that Wolves’ system tends to suit the attacker’s skill set a lot better than what Klopp’s system does.

Nuno Espírito Santo’s men prefer to sit in a deep 5-3-2 shape, soaking up opposition pressure before quickly springing into counter-attacks when possession is regained and opponents are disorganised in the transition. This means Traore can often receive the ball and drive at isolated defenders in a chaotic and unpredictable manner, using his dribbling abilities to bypass them in 1v1 duels.

However, Liverpool tend to be the aggressors in every match they play. This sees them controlling possession of the ball and opponents opting to sit in compact low block formations.

Therefore, as a Liverpool player, Traore would be bestowed far less space to manoeuvre and dribble with the ball, therein limiting his most imposing assest.

Furthermore, the Wolves man is best described as a traditional out and out winger, which is not the type of player Klopp tends to rely upon. Traore is right-footed and is almost exclusively deployed on that side of the pitch, with a big emphasis on crosses into the box.

However at Liverpool, Salah, who is left-footed, features on the right, whilst Sadio Mane, who is right-footed, features on the left. This is to aid both players in terms of cutting inside and unleashing shots towards goal, whilst crossing obligations tend to be bestowed to Liverpool’s wing-banks Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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As a result of the above, it's fair to argue that Traore may one day make a move to one of Europe's traditionally bigger clubs, should he continue to develop at the rate his is now. However, he wouldn't be destined to ever truly succeed within this current Liverpool side based on his skill set and how a team is required to play to get the best from him.