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1 Mar 2016

Transfer Update: Klopp desperate to sign 'amazing' midfielder who idolises superstar £42m attacker

With Marko Grujic already signed for next season, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp appears determined to add to the club's midfield ranks, and Polish international Piotr Zieliński reportedly remains one of the manager's summer transfer targets.

Liverpool were linked with Zielinski during the January transfer window, and according to The Telegraph on Monday:

"Liverpool tried to sign Zieliński in January [and] the Merseyside club will try to revive that deal this summer".

Zielinski - currently on loan at Empoli - doesn't appear to be interested in a move to the Premier League, though, and when asked in January about a move, he told Gazetta Dello Sport:

"I would like to join Juventus or Roma, however I was happy to hear of interest from Napoli.”

Some info about Zielinski, whose current contract expires in June 2016:

* 21-year old central midfielder, who can also play as a number-10. 3 goals/8 assists in 56 apps for Empoli (One every 294 minutes).

* On his goals for the remainder of the season: "I can still improve. I want to score five goals and create 10 assists. I have a lot riding on the next five months.”

* On his football idols: “Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil* and Miralem Pjanic. Zinedine Zidane is the best of them all.”

* Apr 2014: * Ex-Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin enthused: "When I saw Zielinski three years ago  he skinny and fragile but with two amazing feet. This is why I decided to work with him, as he has the stigmata of a champion".

Signing players like Grujic and Zielinski highlights once again the utter failure of Liverpool's youth policy. What is the point in developing midfielders at the academy if the club then goes out and buys two YOUNG MIDFIELDERS (aged 19 and 21 respectively).

It must be so demotivating for the like of Brannagan, Chirivella et al to see the club sign teenagers to basically replace them in the first team squad. I've said it once and I'll say it again: Liverpool's academy system is not fit for purpose, and should be replaced with a reserve team system, principally for players aged 21+.

* Cost £42m

Author: Jaimie K


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