9 Sept 2016

'Klopp Wants You': €65m playmaker held talks with 'Liverpool' after receiving 'great offer'

For much of this year, Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Polish international Piotr Zielinski, but the deal - which seemed nailed-on for months - fell through in August, and now, Zielinski just can't stop talking about the collapse of his 'fairytale' move to Anfield.

In August Udinese President Fabrizio Corsi revealed that Jurgen Klopp had been 'talking to Zielinski since January", and soon after, Zielinksi told Sportowefakty:

“With Liverpool, there were talks but it didn’t happen, but I’m happy to be at Napoli. [My €65m release clause] is impressive. This means that Napoli expect good games from me".

Speaking to reporters this week, the allegedly 'amazing' Zielinksi went into even more detail about the Liverpool collapse. He noted:

"Everyone said: 'Great offer, Klopp wants you, it's a fairytale in terms of finances'. All fine, but I wasn't convinced. I met with Klopp. He said he wanted me in his team, and after returning, my head was even a bigger mess. Liverpool wanted me badly, but it didn't work out."

'I wasn't convinced'. For me, this is the key phrase. Despite flying out to chat with Zielinski, Klopp obviously couldn't persuade the player sign for Liverpool, and Napoli - with the carrot of Champions League football - appeared to be a far more attractive option.

That said, I'm not fussed either way. Zielinski is not (IMO) an upgrade on the club's current attacking players, and if he'd signed, he'd probably be wasted in central midfield, just like Giorgino Wijnaldum.


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