Liverpool have held strong relationships with a number of different clubs in the transfer market in recent years.
Jokes persist that the easiest way to get into the Liverpool first team is to play for Southampton. The Reds signed six of their players in under four years, including the trio of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren in a single summer.
More recently, the club has maintained a strong relationship with the Red Bull group, purchasing Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino from Leipzig and Salzburg respectively. Ibrahima Konate became the latest Red Bull recruit earlier this summer after the Reds triggered the £36m release clause in his Leipzig contract.
If you were to believe everything you read, you might think that Wolverhampton Wanderers were next in line to be a feeder club of sorts for Liverpool.
Diogo Jota moved from Molineux to Anfield last summer, and enjoyed a flying start to his career with the Reds - despite his progress being derailed through injury.
The Portuguese forward forced his way into the first-team and looks set to be a key part of the long term future of the Reds’ attack.
When Jurgen Klopp was clearly in the market for a centre-back in January, former Red Conor Coady and his Wolves colleague Romain Saiss were among the many names who were reportedly in the frame for a move to Merseyside.
While those purchases didn’t come to pass, there’s another possible Wolves transfer which is sure to see Liverpool linked until the player’s future is resolved.
The man in question is Adama Traore, who is reportedly declining to sign a new contract with the club.
As such he could be sold for £30million in the summer, and after the many positive quotes which Klopp has issued about the player over the years, transfer rumours are inevitable.
Ahead of a meeting at Anfield in December 2019 – which the Reds won 1-0 – the Liverpool manager spoke about how a player he described as being “exceptional” at Middlesbrough had developed under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo.
“(He is) a big, big talent. You would never have thought he is that young, but he is still very young, and now he has found it (the right manager),” Klopp said. “It was always clear it would happen one day, and now it has. Good for Wolves!”
“He is really dangerous,” continued the Liverpool boss. “In a big space Jamie Vardy is difficult to defend, but I would say Traore is even more difficult to defend because his speed is exceptional.”
High praise indeed. And Klopp was just as effusive with his compliments after the reverse fixture the following month, when his side won 2-1 only after Traore had assisted an equaliser for Raul Jimenez.
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"[Traore] is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable,” he said. “What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good."
Klopp offered similar comments more recently when commending his inexperienced central defensive partnership of Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, after they had kept a clean sheet at Molineux shortly before an international break.
“The Leipzig game was difficult but tonight was difficult for completely different reasons. The speed of Traore is actually undefendable in moments,” he said.
It can be all too easy to read far too much into the comments which managers make when speaking after matches, but whether Klopp genuinely has any interest in signing Traore or not, it’s clear that he has been impressed by his performances over the years.
And with Michael Edwards renowned for snapping up bargains in the transfer market, a cut-price deal for Traore should not be ruled out at this point.
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