Liverpool must make a move for a player who has been likened to their club-legend Steven Gerrard in Roma playmaker Nicolo Zaniolo, who is making headlines with the Italians for all the right reasons.
Zaniolo, formerly of Inter, was used as a makeweight in the deal which saw Belgian midfielder Radja Nianggolan move to the San Siro from Roma – a foolish move by the side from Milan.
Since arriving in the Italian capital, hopes have been high for the teenager who made his professional debut in this season’s Champions League against Real Madrid.
For some added context on just how highly rated the 19-year-old is, Roberto Mancini called the midfielder into the Italy squad back in September before he had even made his debut in the senior game.
Zaniolo has been described as a ‘trequartista’, someone who enjoys playing in the hole just behind the striker and looking to make things happen. Due to his upper-body strength, explosive bursts from a standing start and exquisite technique, however, he is equally adept just further back in central midfield.
Any player described as ‘the next Steven Gerrard’ should make Liverpool sit up and take notice, and when there is substance behind those words in a player such as Zaniolo, the Reds should definitely be keeping tabs on him.
The Merseysiders are currently overstocked in midfield in all honesty. Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are all vying to start in Jurgen Klopp’s team, so there may be no immediate place for the Italian, but it would be negligent of a club like Liverpool to rest on their laurels and let a player like Zaniolo slip away.
Klopp should prioritise a move for the player and loan him back to the Serie A side; as long as they snap him up before anyone else does, the Reds may have one of the next generation’s best players.