Liverpool failed in their efforts to sign Piotr Zieliński before he arrived at Napoli from Udinese in 2016, according to Calciomercato.

Udinese wanted to sell the midfielder to the highest bidder to ‘budget for yet another great capital gain’.

Milan found an agreement with the club owned by the Pozzo family, but didn’t have the approval of the 26-year-old, who was waiting for the Merseyside club.

Jürgen Klopp ‘was in love’ with the Poland international’s game, which convinced the Reds to open talks with his representative. According to the report, the Premier League side then received a ‘response full of enthusiasm’.

The Anfield club, however, couldn’t agree a deal with Udinese as their proposal didn’t convince the Serie A side. Therefore, the Italians said ‘no’ to Liverpool.

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Milan and Liverpool faced their own challenges in signing Zieliński in the past, and this allowed Napoli to take advantage of the situation to acquire his services.

Zieliński has been a regular for the Naples club since the start of the 2017/18 season, and this campaign he has managed six goals and six assists in 24 league appearances.