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Reported Liverpool target Pjanic nets winner in crunch Serie A game

Miralem Pjanic

The Roma star has scored 9 goals in 59 international appearances.

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic scored a vital winner as his side beat Napoli 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, reminding people just why he is being linked to Liverpool as a possible replacement for departing legend Steven Gerrard, according to the Mirror.

The Bosnian star, who is capable of playing as a deeper playmaker and also as a box-to-box midfielder, won a tight contest for the Rome team to keep up the admittedly hopeful pressure on runaway leaders Juventus at the top of Serie A, with Pjanic efficiently converting a smart cross from Alessandro Florenzi midway through the first half.

The game was more important for the fact Napoli are one of the sides aiming to chase down the likes of Roma and Lazio, the two teams that currently occupy the remaining Champions League positions in Italy.

If Napoli, managed by former Reds favourite Rafa Benitez would have won, they'd have been just 3 points behind Rudi Garcia's Roma side. With Pjanic's winner, Roma now have a healthy nine-point gap over their rivals.

Pjanic, who has scored 4 goals and created 6 this season, has been a consistent figure at Roma since arriving from Lyon in 2011. While in Ligue 1, the midfielder was already widely touted as a star of the future, and though it has taken a little longer than many would have thought, there is little doubt that the 25-year-old is one of the best players in Serie A.

It isn't just the simple goals the Bosnian star is capable of scoring either, as this ridiculous effort in a pre-season friendly against Manchester United proves:

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