Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk absolutely bossed Adama Traore last season

Adama Traore has played a vital role in Manchester City’s demise in the Premier League this season.

The former Barcelona winger has scored three goals and notched one assist in his two games against the Citizens in 2019/20.

Pep Guardiola’s side were sucker-punched by Traore earlier in the season at the Etihad, with the Spaniard scoring two goals on the counter to seal a famous 2-0 win.

And last night, the lightning-quick forward delivered another devastating performance, scoring the goal to drag Wolves back into the game and then teeing up Raul Jimenez for the equaliser.

The sight of the bulky winger barging Benjamin Mendy aside in the seconds before the goal will haunt City fans for years.

Matt Doherty then went on to score the winner in the final minute of the game to complete a famous 3-2 comeback.

City may have played 78 minutes of the game with 10-men after Ederson’s red card, but it was still a top display from Nuno Espirito Santo’s Champions League-chasing side.

Wolves travel to Liverpool next on Sunday, with Traore keen to continue the eye-catching form which is seeing him no longer likened to a diamond un the rough.

However, his battle with Virgil van Dijk last season suggests the Spaniard will not find the going as easy this time around.

That’s because the Dutchman managed to beat the Premier League’s fastest player in a foot race, before leaving Traore on his backside and clearing the danger.

VAN DIJK BOSSES TRAORE

There’s a reason why Van Dijk is the best defender in the world!

City’s collapse this season can mostly be attributed to their lacklustre defence, which has been significantly hindered by the prolonged absence of Aymeric Laporte.

However, a squad worth over £1bn should not be restricted to keeping one clean sheet in 14 games in all competitions.

Sadly for Guardiola, that’s the situation he finds himself in right now and it’s becoming more and more apparent that the likes of Mendy, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi are simply not up to the required standard.

But don’t worry Liverpool fans, Guardiola confirmed in his post-match interview last night that City will not be spending in January to rectify their defensive woes.

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