This seems ‘very’ Liverpool, although we’re not sure if we can entirely trust the source of the news…
Naples newspaper Il Mattino are claiming that despite Liverpool turning down the chance to sign Piotr Zielinsi for £12m last summer, we’ve made a renewed £25m bid for his services this.
The 23-year-old was heavily, heavily linked a year back and was even pictured in a Liverpool shirt, yet we decided to sign Gini Wijnaldum instead and allowed the Polish midfielder to join Napoli from Udinese instead.
Naturally, Zielinski’s enjoyed a superb season, proving our initial interest in him was well-founded – but he’ll now cost at least double what he did in 2016.
He has a £61m release clause inserted into his contract, but we’ll obviously go nowhere near that absurd figure.
As a player, Zielinski’s slight and can control the tempo of games. If we were to compare him to anyone it would be the brilliant Marco Verratti, but he’s obviously not near the Italian’s level yet.
In truth, we’d be surprised if we were targeting Zielinski, as Klopp had made Naby Keita his no.1 target and the pair are stylistically very different. If it’s drive, hunger and energy we’re after, then Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic makes more sense.
(Source translated in the Metro)