Liverpool midfield miss 'has the football intelligence of Pirlo'

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Former Hellas Verona director of football believes Jorginho can be likened to the Italy international.

The 22-year-old was hot property on the transfer market this January, with Liverpool, Zenit St Petersburg and Napoli all reportedly pursuing his signature.

Ultimately it was the San Paolo outfit that came on top as the Brazilian-born midfielder moved south in for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract running until June 2018.

Losing out on the ex-Mastini man’s services joins a mounting list of misses for Liverpoolthe latest of which looks to be Basel’s Mohamed Salah – with the Reds yet to make a signing as time ticks away.

Napoli will be delighted with their new addition in the centre of the park – who was presented to the media on Thursday in a brand new shirt bearing a catastrophic colour scheme.

Kit aesthetics aside, however, Jorginho has drawn a striking comparison to Italy’s most heralded midfielder already.

Ex-Verona director Giovanni Galli believes the youngster resembles Premier League-linked Andrea Pirlo – not directly for his characteristics, but for his footballing mind.

“It takes a player of his proportions in the centre of the pitch,” he told Radio CRC. “I brought him to Verona when I was director of football so I know him very well.

“Adapting to a two-man tandem at Napoli will not be a problem.

“He is smart, he knows his football and if I had to make a comparison to another of his ilk I would say Pirlo.

“He doesn’t have the same long ball ability as Pirlo, but the same football intelligence.”

It’s a lofty correlation for Jorginho – but one that is indicative of the esteem he is held in already at a young age.

Liverpool would’ve been chuffed to have him, as seemingly he would’ve fit rather well in Brendan Rodgers’ system, but the Reds have been left to pursue other options.

Instead the midfielder will look to fulfill his touted promise under the guidance of former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at the San Paolo – already with plenty to live up to.

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