Paul Merson has incredibly claimed Adama Traore does not have natural footballing ability.

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Traore has turned heads in the Premier League over the last few years and Liverpool are among the clubs reportedly keeping tabs on him.

Jurgen Klopp has spoken about Traore glowingly in the past and dubbed the Spain international ‘unplayable’ during his explosive 2019/20 campaign.

"[Traore] is unplayable in moments, it’s unbelievable,” Klopp said after the Reds edged Wolves out 2-1 at Molineux in the Premier League last season. “What a player – it’s not only him but he’s so good."

Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have also revealed how Traore has been one of their toughest opponents due to his speed, skill and strength.

The 25-year-old endured a slow start to this campaign but his form has improved dramatically over the last few months and he netted his first Premier League goal of the season with a spectacular late winner at Fulham over the weekend.

It followed up a remarkable assist Traore made in Wolves’ previous game against West Ham where he picked the ball up deep inside his own half, burst past four players - two of whom tried to foul him - and produced a brilliant cross for Leander Dendoncker to head home.

While Traore has created 31 chances in the Premier League this season, he has only been rewarded with two goal contributions - a statistic his detractors often use to criticise him.

And ex-Arsenal and England player Merson, speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, claims former Barcelona man Traore doesn’t have natural talent.

“I don’t think he’s got natural ability,” said Merson. “I don’t see him spraying balls all over the pitch. That’s talent. What he’s just done there (is because) the game’s opened up.

“He’s touched the ball seven times from one end to the other, it’s brilliant, but the game’s open. That’s where he comes into his game.

“When the game’s open like it was there and he gets the ball, he puts it out of his feet into space. It’s when it gets tight, I don’t know how he can go and play for a top team when the referee blows the whistle and the other team sit 10 men behind the ball.

“I don’t see where he’s going to break teams down.”

Jurgen Klopp in conversation with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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It has been suggested elsewhere that Traore could be available for much cheaper than the reported £70million Wolves wanted for him last year.

Wolves have been working to tie Traore down to a new contract since the start of the season but no agreement has yet been reached and his current deal expires in 2023.