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Piotr Zielinski ‘was meant to play for Liverpool’, reveals Empoli president

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Piotr Zielinski is in his third season at Napoli (Picture: Getty)

Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi has revealed just how close Liverpool came to signing Piotr Zielinski.

Jurgen Klopp has long held an interest in Zielinski and targeted the Poland international in the summer of 2016 but the Reds ended up signing Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United.

Zielinski, who spent two years on loan at Empoli from Udinese, appeared on the verge of a move to Anfield and was even photographed in a Liverpool shirt ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

However, Udinese blocked the midfielder’s move to Merseyside and he joined Napoli for a fee of £14million after months of speculation.

Lifting the lid on Liverpool’s failed pursuit of Zielinski, Empoli chief Corsi told Radio Kiss Kiss: ‘When he came to Naples, he had that option, but they did really well to convince him.

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‘I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a ransom.

Piotr Zielinski was pictured in a Liverpool kit that summer (Picture: Canal Plus)

‘I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Naples.

‘It’s hard to deal with Giampaolo Pozzo [Udinese owner]. For me, he’s the best.’

Jurgen Klopp held talks with the Poland midfielder (Picture: Getty)

Following his move to Napoli, Zielinksi admitted that he spoke with Klopp in person.

‘My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jurgen Klopp,’ he said.

‘He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was even a bigger mess.

‘I knew that Liverpool wanted me badly and I knew they would return to the talks as I got that promise in January. It didn’t work out for them with Udinese at the end.’

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