Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has paid Adama Traore a huge compliment – by admitting the star has previously made him feel ‘powerless’.
The 22-year-old has given interview with Goal in which he builds his ultimate footballer using traits from anyone he’s played with or against.
For the speed category, the 22-year-old singled out Traore, who has had some very good showings against the Reds in the past.
Alexander-Arnold admitted: “It’s almost not human the way he can change direction and go. I’ve never felt so powerless against someone.
“People are faster than you, that’s inevitable, but you can get yourself in good positions, give yourself a head start and get yourself in the race. But with him, and with his power as well, there’s nothing you can really do.
“I remember last season when he came on at Anfield. He’s just turned and knocked it, and he was gone. I’ve never felt like that before! It has to be him, has to be.”
So far in 2020/21, £18 million signing Traore (BBC Sport) has been unable to capture the form he showed last season, with Nuno Espirito Santo preferring the likes of Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence in attack with Raul Jimenez.
Time for Traore to step up
It’s difficult for Traore at the moment because Neto and Podence are doing well, but he needs to knuckle down in training and force his way back into the starting XI.
It is a bit of a shame to see a player who can cause such destruction constantly on the bench, but Nuno’s faith in his other options has been relatively justified so far.
Alexander-Arnold’s comments are a reminder of just how scary he can be, and hopefully the 24-year-old can kickstart his season over the festive period.