Liverpool are monitoring Nicolo Zaniolo


Jurgen Klopp’s recent transfer activity for Liverpool has been excellent, with the signings of Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Ibrahima Konate all shrewd pieces of business without breaking the bank.

Each player has added something different to the squad and given the Reds more strength in depth which has allowed the manager to rotate his side without worrying about a noticeable drop in quality.

With his regular front free of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all 30 or approaching it, then it’s Klopp’s remit to source adequate replacements and plan for the future.

One such player that the club have been monitoring, according to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, is Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo who could cost in the region of €70m (£59m). The Italian’s contract expires in 2024, but there have been claims that he could make a summer exit from the Stadio Olimpico.

Calciomercato stated back in February that Liverpool, along with Juventus and Atletico Madrid, were keeping a close watch on him ahead of next season.

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The £75k-p/w star has scored seven times in 39 matches in all competitions this term, whilst also providing eight assists. It’s a solid if not spectacular return for a forward, although he is nonetheless held in high esteem.

Former Fiorentina under-17s coach Cristiano Masitto dubbed him “ingenious” whilst also referring to him as a “game-changer” in a glowing endorsement of the 22-year-old.

There is no doubt that if the 22-year-old moves to Liverpool, Klopp would allow him to develop on his own terms and not thrust the hopes and dreams of the side on his shoulders all at once. He and the 25-year-old Diaz could well be the future of Liverpool’s attack, with the Colombian enjoying an impressive start at Anfield on the left flank – the opposite side to where Zaniolo typically lines out.


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The Italian youngster could learn from the likes of Salah and Mane and translate this into improving his own game. With nine caps at international level already, and under the inspirational management of Klopp, he could be the ideal long-term successor to the Egyptian as Liverpool’s right-sided attacking dynamo.

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