Piotr Zielinski: 5 facts about the Liverpool and Napoli target
Still aged just 22, the Pole has already spent five years in Italy. Can Klopp convince him to join Liverpool?
Another day, another round of transfer stories. Though not all is believable when it comes to the gossip, one rumour that’s been going on for a considerable period of time now and which has also been confirmed by several reputed journalists is that of Polish playmaker Piotr Zielinski’s potential move to Liverpool. While Napoli are thought to have tabled a bid too, Liverpool are considered to be the favourites to his signature as their transfer committee led ‘monitoring’ continues.
Still aged just 22, Zielinski was named in the Serie A team of the season alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Miralem Pjanic due to his superb showing in the 2015-16 season, making a staggering 35 appearances for loanee club Empoli. In fact, he was the only player outside of the Serie A’s top six to have made the team.
Equally capable of playing out wide, Zielinski’s favoured position is the central attacking midfield or in the hole behind a forward. With a stunning 82.5% pass completion rate, Zielinski’s accurate distribution is one of his biggest strengths, considering he is equally of capable of laying cross-field diagonal passes and long through balls. With the ability to press opponents and excellent dribbling traits, complimented by an impressive work rate, Zielinski is ideally suited to the style of play Klopp employs at Liverpool.
Here are some interesting facts that need to be known about this Polish wonder kid, whom Klopp is so keen to recruit before he takes charge in his first full season in England:
#1 His first coach was his father – Bogdan Zielinski
A 6-year-old Piotr Zielinski started his career at local club Orzel Zabkowice Slaskie, where he was coached by Bogdan Zielinski, his father himself.
An Eagle Zabkowice alumnus, Zielinski senior had always been football crazy, a passion that has infected three sons. Immediately upon completion of the age of majority, he travelled to Germany, training at several amateurish clubs in Dortmund with an aspiration to become a professional. His greatest achievement you’d ask? In the words of Zielinski senior himself, the opportunity to play a friendly against the great Borussia of 1997 is what he will forever remember as the single greatest success of his career.