LIVERPOOL’S pursuit of Nicolo Barella could be a slam dunk – thanks to NBA icon LeBron James.
But Jurgen Klopp has an ace up his sleeve with basketball fan Barella, 21, hoping to meet hero James, who happens to own a stake in Liverpool.
He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Cagliari received offers and turned them down.
“I am happy to have remained with the club I support.
“My dream is to get a nice house with a garden and a pool. And to meet LeBron James.”
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Cagliari star Barella claims he would prefer a move to England over Serie A – because he can get away with sticking his boot in.
He added: “If I had to choose between Serie A and the Premier League, I’d go for England, because I like the way they approach the game.
“Plus everyone there is just as irritable and prone to fouls as me!”
Barella played 35 times last season – netting six goals – to catch the eyes of clubs across Europe.
And while Klopp has a wealth of options in the middle, the youngster could end up being the perfect fit.