By Coral Barry

Piotr Zielinski has revealed he wants to finish his playing career at Empoli amid rumours Liverpool are chasing his signature.

The Polish international’s impressive performances while on a season-long loan at the Serie A club from Udinese have caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team, with Football Insider revealing in February Liverpool are extensively scouting Zielinski.

The Merseysiders are willing to pay out as much as £12million for the 21-year-old central midfielder.

Zielinski has been a regular in Empoli’s first eleven this season with 31 league appearances and he has now revealed that he is eager to end his career at the club who gave him his first chance.

“The tower of Pisa? In my country there are more beautiful things, but here I have found the team where I want to end my career,” said Zielinski speaking to Sportweek, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.

Udinese director of sport Cristiano Giaretta confirmed  this week that the rumours linking Liverpool to one of their most prized asset were true.

Zielinski, who is on a season-long loan at Empoli, has been one of the stand-out players in his position in Italy this season and has established himself as one of the most coveted youngsters in Italy.

As well as running the Empoli midfield with his excellent vision and impressive touch, the Polish international has weighed in with a highly creditable four goals and six assists.

Zielinski, who is in line to play a starring role for Poland in this summer’s European Championships after earning 13 international caps, has only a year remaining on his Udinese contract.

He has also spoken of his interest in featuring at Anfield alongside players of the calibre of Philippe Coutinho.

In other Liverpool news, it has been revealed the minimum punishment Mamadou Sakho will receive if he is found guilty of using banned substances.