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We’ve witnessed some great Premier League double acts – now a new one is blossoming

Liverpool, before last night, hadn’t conceded a single goal in British football since December 4th.

But even the peerless Virgil van Dijk, even the faultless Alisson, couldn’t stop one of the Premier League’s great new blossoming bromances.

There is something so endearing about a telepathic double act, a duo so in sync just each other’s presence sparks something special.


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The boys

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The boys

Think Yorke and Cole, Bergkamp and Henry, Suarez and Sturridge; lionised and immortalised by so many.

Now it’s all about Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore.

Wolves are a brilliant team coached by a brilliant manager who have played more games than anyone else this season. On paper they should be exhausted.

Yet they keep hustling, with almost the same team every single week, rubbing shoulders with the big boys.

Your defence is terrified

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Your defence is terrified

No side has ruffled Liverpool’s feathers more than they have this season, arguably deserving at least a point in both of their league clashes.

Jimenez is their focal point but without his trusty side kick Traore, who has silenced all his doubters this campaign, he would be a far blunter weapon.

The wily Mexican just knows when Traore is going to time his runs in behind the left-back.

Traore just knows where his pal is going to be, lurking, anticipating the perfect delivery.

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Supply and demand

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Supply and demand

And that delivery really has arrived this season, with the Spaniard producing nine goals and assists in his last 15 starts for Wolves.

That end product took a while to refine but, now that it’s there for all to see, it’s a terrifying prospect.

Only Kevin De Bruyne to Sergio Aguero is a more potent assist to scorer combination than Traore to Jimenez this season, who have created eight goals for each other.

But perhaps the most staggering statistic regarding Traore is that Andy Robertson, who he terrorised all night, became the 27th player to get booked for a foul on him this campaign. Twenty. Seven.

The safest bet in the Premier League

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The safest bet in the Premier League

Traore is almost unstoppable at his rampaging, unshackled best – and that brings Jimenez into play.

He’s not just a sprint to the byline and cross it kind of player anymore, there’s far more culture to his game than many believe.

Against Liverpool he played a cute, disguised reverse ball which put his partner in crime through, only for Alisson to deny the Wolves striker from close range.

There was no stopping the Wolves goal though.

Why would either of them leave?

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Why would either of them leave?

Jimenez glided past Robertson and expertly waited before playing Traore in, who was hurtling to his right. Traore’s return delivery was right on the money and Jimenez provided an unerring finish.

This was their signature move, something that nobody has been able to contain yet since the tandem first started gelling.

There will be suitors for both in the summer and Wolves will do well to repel any concrete interest.

Then again, Yin and Yang don’t work apart and there might be an even brighter future together in the Midlands. So why leave?

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