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Piotr Zielinski isn't right for Liverpool while a 23-year-old star is available

Piotr Zielinski might be available to Liverpool, according to reports. But he’s not the midfielder the Reds should go for.

CalcioMercato says Liverpool have asked Napoli if Piotr Zielinski is available. He’s a target Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of but it ‘remains to be seen’ what the Italians would want for him.

Sources close to the player apparently confirmed the Reds’ interest. That’s never the most solid report in the world, of course, though Zielinski is a signing that could make sense.

At 27, he’s right in his prime. That makes him a fine replacement for Gini Wijnaldum – Zielinski could slot right into the team and contribute right away.

He’s also an excellent player in his own right. Zielinski can operate in both attacking midfield and a deeper role, bringing fantastic production in either.

The Pole scored eight goals and made 10 assists in Serie A last season – both career highs. He’s undoubtedly someone playing at the top of his game and excelling.

That makes him a solid target for Liverpool. We can completely understand why they’d ask about him, especially as he’s not exactly a new target.

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The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool bid for Zielinski back in 2016 but couldn’t get a deal done. He left Udinese for Napoli instead.

Despite all the positives, however, we’re not sure Zielinski is the one to move for this summer. Not while there’s a 23-year-old star available.

Liverpool like Zielinski

Reports continue to grow that Liverpool want Renato Sanches. Journalist Pedro Almeida claims as much, as does Nicolo Schira.

There have been links for a while, too. Fabrizio Romano said months ago that Sanches was a target and Le10Sport made the claim all the way back in December.

And whether they’re right or not, it certainly seems Sanches is available.

Lille director Olivier Letang admitted to The Athletic that Sanches could leave them this summer. ‘It’s logical’, he believes.

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“There are already some clubs interested because we have had a recent discussion,” he said. “But everybody needs to be happy for this to happen.

“I do not know if Renato will stay with us or not. Not yet. Let’s see. But as a top, top-profile player, it’s logical that you get some top clubs that are interested in him.”

And for us, he’s the midfielder to go for. We’ve written before about just how much we like him and Sanches feels like a star-in-the-making at Liverpool.

At just 23, there’s still so much potential there. It’s potential for a very unique midfielder, too, as few can match Sanches’ size, strength, and ability to move with the ball.

We’d argue that potential is more important, on top of that. Liverpool’s first-choice midfield is set for at least another two years, with Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson.

Sanches offers a clear progression into the next generation, then. The latter two are now 30 and will wind down over a few seasons. Sanches should move into his prime by then and would be ideally placed for Liverpool.

It makes a lot of sense to us. As good as Zielinski is, he works best as an alternative to Sanches.

If Liverpool can get the Portuguese star, we think they should prioritise him.

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