Fresh insight on Adama Traore amid Jurgen Klopp hidden transfer agreement claim

Jurgen Klopp plays a key role in ensuring Liverpool only sign players in his mould.

The German has proven over the years that he doesn't like signing 'alternatives'. Simply, when he identifies a target he does his utmost to land that individual.

Virgil van Dijk and Alisson are two examples of players thoroughly scouted by Klopp and his team of advisors, and two players who turned the Reds from a great side into the best side on the planet.

Klopp recently spoke out about the part he plays in bringing new players to Liverpool, and how he personally speaks to each individual once the transfer has been announced, the photographers leave and the fanfare dies down.

He does this to ensure every play agrees on his hidden terms and conditions.

"When we have this agreement, everything was fine, everything was good, that's why we talked, that's why we signed you, but from now on I expect much more," Klopp told Liverpool club media.

"For that, he gets more than he ever got before; more attention, more education, hopefully better training – that's a clear agreement.

"If he is not happy with one of these parts, he can come to me and tell me, 'You told me that, it didn't happen'.

"If I am not happy with one of the things he agreed, I will go to him and tell him, 'You said this and that, you didn't do that – why?' This is a clear deal, but a handshake deal, not written down."

Liverpool were in hot pursuit of Timo Werner before pulling out of the transfer race due to financial concerns sparked by the coronavirus crisis.

Werner is set to sign for Chelsea instead, paving the way for Liverpool to snap up a man once described by Klopp as unplayable: Adama Traore.

The Wolves forward appears to be a good fit for Liverpool given he's direct, fast and powerful – much like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

And off the pitch it looks like he'd be a good fit too, according to Traore's old boss at Middlesbrough, Tony Pulis.

According to the Welshman, Traore was a model professional behind the scenes at Boro to the point he'd make him cups of coffee.

According to Pulis, the Spaniard is always willing to learn to be the best he can be, suggesting he'd have no problem agreeing to Klopp's hidden terms and conditions.

"I think Adama always had the ability to play," Pulis told Stats Perform News.

"The big thing was his confidence. I think I probably caught him at the right time. He had gone and worked for a few managers who weren't enamoured enough to play him on a regular basis.

"I obviously knew him as a West Brom manager watching Villa, watched him in the reserves a few times. His pace and balance was just extraordinary.

"Going to Middlesbrough, he wasn't in the team when I got there but I wanted to make him a focal point of the team. We did that and the biggest thing with him is that he grew in confidence and he started to believe in himself.

"I made him my best friend. He used to come in and make me a cup of coffee after lunch and we would sit down and watch videos.

"He became a friend and he knew he'd be first pick on the team sheet. And the team understood what we could get from him and what we couldn't.

"Having said that, as the season progressed, he learned the other side of the game [defensive] as well." You meet people in life who are really, really good people, and Adama is a really good person.

"You hope and pray those people get everything out of life that they possibly can."

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