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Adama Traore must be unleashed on vulnerable Liverpool backline

Wolves go to Anfield on Saturday in search of three more points in the Premier League.

Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners last weekend against Southampton, and are now up and running in the competition.

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It had been a frustrating past few weeks for Bruno Lage.

But the manager finally got his first league win of the season when he really needed to.

Wolves now embark on a tough run of fixtures, starting with Liverpool away. But the Reds are in a tricky moment.

Liverpool have taken nine points from their six games so far, and are currently six adrift of leaders Arsenal.

Things are not really clicking for Jurgen Klopp’s side right now, and last night they turned in a truly awful performance in the Champions League against Napoli.

They lost 4-1, and some of the defending on show was absolutely abysmal.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk were particularly poor against the Italians, and one couldn’t help but think Saturday’s game is the perfect moment for Lage to unleash Adama Traore.

The Spaniard has yet to start in the Premier League this season.

But this game feels ideal for him.

Liverpool are likely to see a lot of the ball, meaning there will be opportunities for Wanderers to launch counter-attacks.

Arguably, there is no better player to have for that kind of plan than Traore.

Adama Traore must start for Wolves against struggling Liverpool backline

It was remarkable to see just how bad Liverpool were defensively against Napoli.

The likes of Victor Osimhen, Giovanni Simeone and Khvica Kvaratskhelia had a field day, and Traore can have similar success at Anfield.

van Dijk is look especially clunky right now, and Traore is probably the last player the Dutchman would want to face as he seeks to turn things around.

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Jurgen Klopp has previously described Traore as ‘a big big talent’ and ‘really dangerous’ (Sky Sports). He has also previously branded him ‘unplayable’ (Goal).

It just feels that Lage would be missing a trick by not starting him.

There is surely no way Pedro Neto can be starting ahead of him given the form he has been in in recent weeks.