Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Empoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski after the Pole admitted it would be great to play alongside Philippe Coutinho.
Zielinski dropped another hint by revealing he has started scouting Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Empoli from fellow Serie A side Udinese, where his performances have drawn Klopp’s interest.
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Now, it would appear Zielinski will be one addition to Anfield in the summer.
He is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as telling Polish website Futbolfejs.pl: “Some people say these are just the rumours. I know a little bit more about it.
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“But until now I just try to play as best as I can in Empoli to have a possible chance in June for such a big transfer move.
“I have spoken with Kuba [Błaszczykowski, who played under Klopp at Dortmund] who plays in Fiorentina now about Klopp.
“He told me about his personality, how is Klopp to the players, gave me some tips, but nothing is known yet. I constantly have to play well in Empoli to get the interest from the bigger clubs."
He admires Coutinho
Zielinski has scored three goals in 28 appears for a struggling Empoli side but clearly sees himself playing at the highest level with Europe’s best players.
One of those he wouldn’t mind playing alongside is Liverpool playmaker Coutinho, who himself played in Italy before moving to Merseyside.
The Brazilian signed for Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013. Club legend Jamie Carragher thinks Coutinho’s transfer value has increased to between £50m and£60m in the three years since.
“Everyone knows Coutinho who is very technically gifted,” Zielinski added. “He can shoot with either foot, no matter if it’s left of right. I think I have something in common with him. Coutinho is fast, he creates the game on the pitch.
“Definitely he is one of the best Liverpool players this season. I really like his style of play, I watch him closely.
“It would be great to play alongside Coutinho. I am sure we could be a good duo on the pitch. We’ll see what will happen.”
Liverpool fans will get a glimpse of the midfielder at this summer’s European Champions, where Poland will take on Germany, Ukraine and Northern Ireland in Group C.