Liverpool were supposed to sign Piotr Zielinski in 2016, according to Empoli club president Fabrizio Corsi, who says Napoli pushed really hard to sign the midfielder.

When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool midway through 2015, the German was forced to make do with what he was left with by Brendan Rodgers and Piotr Zielinski was one of his first transfer targets in 2016.

The Polish midfielder was even pictured in a Liverpool shirt during the 2016 summer transfer window before eventually completing a move to Napoli which came as something of a surprise to fans.

Now, however, Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi says that Zielinski was “meant to play” for Liverpool but Napoli convinced him to stay in Italy and snub a move to the Anfield outfit.

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“[Zielinski] was meant to play for Liverpool,” Corsi told Calcio Mercato. “When he came to Naples, he had that option, but they did really well to convince him.

“I have a few regrets regarding him. He was decisive for us, but I didn’t ask for a transfer. I was working with Udinese’s interests in mind, who then had an agreement with Napoli.”

That summer, Klopp signed Georginio Wijnaldum and although many believed he would come in as an attacking midfielder or wide forward, the Dutchman has made an impressive transformation into a very good holding midfielder.

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