But Traore’s price tag is said to be at least £ 70million – a sky-high number designed to deter potential suitors.
On Sunday afternoon, however, Liverpool could face the next Traore.
Allan Saint-Maximin, the 23-year-old winger, clearly has a lot of talent, and he showed steadily in his first season of English football, arriving at Newcastle from Nice for £ 16million in the summer latest.
The Frenchman’s three goals and four assists don’t tell the whole story of his season so far, with his true potential far more impressive than that.
On the Analyzing Anfield podcast, Josh Williams said: “Newcastle are a team that really embrace counterattacks and Saint-Maximin is a player the numbers won’t really capture.
“They could sit in a low block for 90 minutes and the only times they would go out could be him during the break.
“Because of what he can do during the break, he can turn an unnecessary attack into something really dangerous by beating a few players. ”
David Hughes added: “I really like him – he’s a little raw and the final ball isn’t always there but he’s up there with a Traore at Wolves.
“He doesn’t have the physical strength, but I really assess him. He’s only 23 and I can see him making a bigger move in a year or two. “
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Saint-Maximin also impressed Newcastle United fans. OOn the Behind Enemy Lines podcast, Newcastle Fan TV’s Sam Mulliner explained that the winger’s unpredictability and creativity make him a favorite with the Magpies.
Mulliner said: “Saint-Maximin is the kind of player Newcastle fans and even neutrals love in a black and white shirt.
“He’s charismatic, enigmatic, and if he could find a cohesive end product for his game, you’ll have a serious player on your hands.
“He has a lot of potential. The ball can stand, it can dribble forever, and it’s brilliant to watch.
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“Sometimes that end product is lacking and comparisons are made between him and Adama Traore at Wolves last season, when he could run with the ball but didn’t have a final product.
“It bodes some similarities with ASM, but he’s Newcastle’s biggest threat and he’s pretty much their only outlet because he’s so fast.
“If he’s fit and eager to go on Sunday, he’s the player Liverpool need to watch. ”
Even after the game is over, Saint-Maximin could be a man Liverpool continue to watch.
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The Reds have already looked to Newcastle for an underrated signing in the form of Gini Wijnaldum, and like to buy players just ahead of them showing their full potential.