Atalanta star Teun Koopmeiners has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool recently, with both the Italian and English media claiming the Reds are keen on his signing.

The Anfield side are not the only club in the race, though, with Juventus also said to be interested in the 26-year-old.

Regarding that battle, journalist Emanuele Corazzi presented some interesting quotes brought by TuttoJuve.

On Chronache Live, the pundit pointed out how important it is that Liverpool have become involved in the race, as Atalanta might actually be waiting for the Reds’ offer.

“Atalanta with Koopmeiners is doing exactly what they did with Hojlund, that is: ‘Juve are interested but let’s wait, let’s see what offers arrive’, because many English bigs, one above all Liverpool, are so interested in Koopmeiners. Last year Hojlund had so many offers, Atalanta waited and then sold him to United for a huge sum. It’s a bit more difficult for Koopmeiners to go to Juventus should Liverpool come along.”

Atalanta did very well when holding Hojlund last summer. It was only in August that Manchester United won the battle for him, with the Red Devils paying €73.9m for his signing, despite Transfermarkt valuing him at €45m at the time.

The striker’s first season at Old Trafford may show that, despite his potential, he was not an immediate solution for the squad. Perhaps that’s something Liverpool should watch out for when negotiating with Atalanta and being forced to pay a big fee for the signing.