Over the past few weeks, so much has been written about Lorenzo Pellegrini that the other Pellegrini at AS Roma has been forgotten.
While nowhere near as prominent as the midfielder in Eusebio di Francesco’s plans, the fact the 19-year-old was given his first professional appearance this season is a huge deal.
Why? Because he could be the future at a position where a veteran (Aleksandr Kolarov) is currently featuring prominently, and he turned down the chance to go to Liverpool and (once) Manchester City.
This is revealed on Friday by Gazzetta dello Sport, who explain the left-back, managed by Mino Raiola, has been repeatedly approached by the Reds about a move to England, and are the club who have tried to sign him ‘more than anyone else’.
Unfortunately for Jürgen Klopp and co., everyone at Roma, as well as the player himself, decided it was best for him to stick around the Italian capital in order to progress.
Coming on for eight minutes at the end of a 4-0 win against Frosinone, the youngster even managed to get an assist, setting up Aleksandr Kolarov in the 87th minute.
The plan, for now, is for him to be second to and learn from Kolarov, but, in the future, he has homegrown first-team player written all over him.
He is also expected to start at the weekend, as the Serbian defender is currently out injured.