Lacina Trapore is one of many players on the transfer list at the club in turmoil. Could Liverpool finally get their man?
If you think your team is having a tumultuous time of it, try your empathy on an Anzhi Makhachkala fan.
Things at the Russian club once looked so shiny, so fresh, so ambitious … now everything is layered in a thin crust of sinister dust.
The internal dynamic of the club seemed to tip from manageable tension, to outright chaos when the club signed the ferocious personality that is Igor Denisov. The ‘Roy Keane’ of Russian football quickly called the foreign players at the club out on their massive salaries.
After a clash with former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra in training, the battle line were drawn - it was now the Russians v the foreigners - and Suleiman Kerimov, the clubs eccentric owner has an extreme solution.
To most Muscovites and other Russian cities the Dagestan-outfit are a foreign team anyway - and Kerimov is now ready to adopt that theory himself.
From now on the team will focus on local and youth talent - leaving the expensive Russians and foreigners at the club up for sale.
In this act of going back to the drawing board, Kerimov has transfer-listed a player who has long been linked with a move to Anfield - giant Ivorian forward Lacina Traore.
In November 2012 the players agent said this about Liverpool interest in his signature:
"Aside from Liverpool, Udinese are another on the list of clubs to have made contact about the purchase of Traore. I'm afraid the Italian side won't be able to meet the player's valuation. At the moment Lacina is happy with his situation at Anzhi. Not long ago he signed a new contract until June 2016. There's no reason for Traore to rush."
Well now he must be hoping to get a wriggle on … because Anzhi want him gone.
So should Liverpool rekindle their interest in the player?
The player obviously has one massive positive attribute, his extreme frame of 6ft 8ins. But that should not take away from the fact he is more technically gifted then he might get credit for. His delightful turn and chip against Liverpool in the Europa League last season testament to that fact.
Traore cost Anzhi around €18 million, but given the public way they have gone about making his availability known - it is highly unlikely they would recoup a similar fee.
With Luis Suarez’s future in doubt, and another attacking option wanted, Traore might be the man.
Here he is scoring against Liverpool…
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