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Napoli winger Zielinski admits face-to-face talks with Liverpool boss Klopp

Napoli winger Piotr Zielinski admits holding face-to-face talks with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Zielinski left Udinese for Napoli last month.

"There were days when I was walking out of home, looked into my mobile and I didn't know what to do," he told Przeglad Sportowy.

"I spoke a lot with Konrad Golos and Tomasz Dawidowski – my managers from the agency representing me.

"Everyone said: 'Great offer, Klopp wants you, it's a fairytale in terms of finances'. All fine, but I wasn't convinced.

"I was driving my car and I said to my girlfriend: 'No, red light, I'm not leaving'. I felt great in Empoli, I didn't want to leave the lads when we were battling for the European places.

"My head was a mess. Liverpool finally got a plane and I met with Jurgen Klopp. He said he wanted me in his team. I saw a different world and after returning my head was even a bigger mess.

"I really wanted to start the preparations for the new season with a new team as soon as possible.

"I knew that Liverpool wanted me badly and I knew they would return to the talks as I got that promise in January. It didn't work out for them with Udinese at the end."

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