Liverpool remain a fan of Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, but any chances of getting him could be blocked by the new contract he signed last year.

That’s according to Calciomercato, who say Liverpool have been an ‘admirer’ of the Polish star since his days at Udinese.

Zielinski has been the star of the show for Napoli this season, with five goals and five assists in just 17 games so far, meaning he has stood out.

He’s considered one of the ‘best midfielders for performance’ and is increasingly becoming the leader of Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli side.

The Italian coach has chosen to rely on Zielinski and has been rewarded for that faith with a  series of impressive performances and more likely to follow.

If they do, then interest in him is likely to increase, but fortunately for Napoli, they have ‘sheltered’ themselves from that with a big contract.

Zielinski was tied to a new deal until 2024 last year, an agreement that leaves president Aurelio de Laurentiis ‘calm’ and the club protected from the attempts of top clubs.

One of those top clubs are Liverpool, who are in ‘first place’ for Zielinski and have been an ‘admirer’ of his since he played for Udinese.

That’s something that’s well established at this point, with the Reds having been named as suitors at least once a month since Klopp arrived at Anfield.

It seems any prospects of them actually getting their man are slim, though, with that deal signed last year, meaning Napoli are in no rush to sell.