The 23-year-old South American confirms Liverpool interest

Emerson Palmieri insists he plans to stay at Roma despite being ‘flattered’ by interest from Liverpool. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to have expressed interest in the 23-year-old as he eyes up defensive reinforcements ahead of the January transfer window. Palmieri has become a key player for Serie A outfit Roma since 2015 and earned an international call-up by Italy after switching allegiance from Brazil earlier in the year.

But despite being linked with Premier League giants Liverpool and Italian club Inter Milan, the left-back says he is ‘happy’ at Roma and has his sights set on a title triumph. ‘I have heard that clubs such as Inter Milan and Liverpool are seeking to sign me,’ he said.

‘But I am under contract with Roma. I am flattered by stories such as these. ‘However, I want to stay here in Rome. I am happy here. ‘Roma have a great squad, with everyone good enough to start matches. There are so many close-fought games, and it is vital for us to have a well-stocked squad. ‘We can compete till the very end for the title. I’m not yet 100 per cent fit, but I am working to get there. I want to play, but the manager will decide if I am ready or not.’

Palmieri started his professional career at Santos but was signed by Roma in 2015. After 13 league games of the 2017-18 season, Roma are fourth in Serie A, seven points behind leaders Napoli with a game in hand.