Liverpool started negotiations with 27-year-old Serie A attacker

The Merseyside giants hold an interest in Napoli playmaker Piotr Zielinski, with the German coach believed to be a great admirer of the midfielder. Poland international has been in Italy since 2011 when the midfielder joined Udinese from boyhood team Zaglebie Lubin.

Having initially joined up with the club’s Under-19 side, he graduated into the first team but played only 20 senior games. After a two-year loan stint at Empoli between 2014 and 2016, Zielinski left Udinese permanently to sign for Napoli.

Since signing for the Partenopei, Piotr has grown into a crucial member of the side, racking up 261 games, in which he has 38 goals and 33 assists.

A versatile operator, the 27-year-old playmaker adds value to the team with his ability to play in the double pivot, or in the attacking midfield role or even in the wide areas, along with the energy and the work rate that he offers.

The Polish midfielder has been one of Napoli’s most dependable footballers this campaign, producing five goals and assists apiece, helping them make a push for the Serie A trophy under Luciano Spaletti. And his development over the years has gathered him an admirer in the German tactician and the Reds.

The report adds that the German manager has been following Piotr’s progress from his days at Udinese and is interested in bringing him to Anfield. The Reds will need to reinforce their midfield sooner rather than later. Liverpool did not sign a replacement after losing Gini Wijnaldum last summer.