JOHN BARNES reckons Wolves star Adama Traore could be a good buy for Liverpool if he’s willing to sit on the bench.
Traore’s been linked with a move to Anfield since the summer but their £50million asking price proved to be a deterrent for the Reds.
Barnes thinks Traore will only be a squad player at Liverpool[/caption]
Traore has been linked with a move to the Reds after reports claim Wolves slashed his asking price[/caption]
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side may swoop on the Spanish winger as reports claim Wolves have slashed his transfer fee to just £20m.
The Reds could even squeeze the Molineux side down to £18m as they aim to raise cash to turn Hwang Hee-chan’s loan spell from RB Leipzig into a permanent stay.
The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances for Wolves in the Premier League this season.
But Traore will have to get used to warming the bench at Anfield as Barnes can’t see him breaking into the Reds’ wide pool of attacking options.
That is why Barnes thinks Traore would prefer to remain with Wolves where he’s a regular star.
The Liverpool legend told BonusCodeBets.co.uk: “Adama Traore could be a good addition to the squad but he’s not going to play ahead of Salah, Mane, Jota or Firmino.
“If he wants to come to Liverpool that would be great but he’ll come knowing he’s not going to play regularly.
“It would be a great acquisition for the squad. But I can’t see him making that decision.”
The Reds may be without their dynamic duo Salah and Mane in January when the African Cup of Nations(AFCON) potentially gets underway.
AFCON will run from January 9 to February 6, with 40 Prem stars potentially being called up to play in Cameroon.
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At this stage it is unclear exactly when in early January Prem teams will need to release their players for the tournament.
But even if the Reds lose the African pair for a month, Barnes is sure the Kop giants will cope with the players they already have and urged them not to splash the cash on uneccessary reinforcements.
Barnes added: “Liverpool don’t need to sign another attacking player because they still have Jota, Origi, Firmino.
“There are other players who can fill in for a short space of time. In January you won’t get better than what you have.
“You won’t sign a player for £60m or £70m in January who is better than what you have.
“It’s not just about getting someone while Salah and Mane are away. Who’s going to come in and be a huge player for Liverpool while knowing that, when Salah and Mane come back, they’re going to be on the bench?”
Not everyone across Europe values Salah’s contribution for the Reds as he only received a lowly seventh spot in the Ballon d’Or award rankings this week.
The decision not to place Salah higher on the ladder didn’t sit well with Barnes who labelled France Football’s choice as ‘harsh.’
Chelsea star Jorginho finished in third behind runner up Robert Lewandowski and seven time winner Lionel Messi.
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Barnes’ believes that proves that the Ballon d’Or is practically worthless and is something Salah shouldn’t worry about as long as he keeps scoring goals.
Barnes continued: “It’s great to have individual accolades and it feels a bit strange that he finished where he finished, but the main thing is to just keep scoring goals.
“Salah should have finished higher in the Ballon d’Or than Jorginho but individual accolades really mean nothing.”