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‘A nightmare’… Rio Ferdinand says Liverpool had a player who reminded him of Luis Suarez last night

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Liverpool were in the mood at Anfield last night as they swept Chelsea aside. The Reds ended up 4-1 winners, with young Conor Bradley taking centre stage.

Remarkably though, the scoreline could have been even bigger for Liverpool. Not only did Darwin Nunez miss a penalty – hitting the post – but the Uruguayan smacked the woodwork a further three times throughout the game.

Some will point to Nunez’s near misses as further proof that he’s not quite the striker the Reds need right now. But the 24-year-old was simply unlucky. He did just about everything right all evening but simply couldn’t get the ball in the net. A familiar tale, really.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand knows a thing or two about taking on tough strikers, anyway. And speaking on TNT Sports after the game, Ferdinand praised Nunez, claiming his display against Chelsea was reminiscent of a certain former Liverpool No.7.

“Nunez today he did everything but score a goal,” said the pundit. “He will be a nightmare for centre-backs to play against.

He runs you into bad places, he is aggressive, he ricochets everything. A bit like Suarez used to do, in some ways. He is a handful who I think will end up getting goals.”

Ferdinand makes Suarez comparison

The Suarez comparison isn’t a bad one at all. Obviously, the two players are countryman and know each other very well.

Darwin has spent plenty of time on the training pitch with the Inter Miami forward while playing for the Uruguay national team. Perhaps he’s picked up some of Luis’ old tricks.

One key feature of Suarez’s game was that he’d beat his man no matter what. He wouldn’t beat them in a clean, tidy way either, rather the 37-year-old would bundle his way through, doing whatever it took to make it past with the ball.

This is a trait that we’ve seen from Nunez, but we’d argue that Liverpool actually have another player who bears more resemblance to Suarez.

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Just watch Diogo Jota’s opening goal yesterday. That was a Suarez lookalike in every respect.

The 27-year-old picked the ball up relatively deep before being faced with two Chelsea defenders. But rather than stall and look for a pass, Jota went for the jugular.

Running straight at Thiago Silva and Benoit Badiashile, it looked like Diogo had nowhere to go. But in true Suarez style, Jota forced his way between them. It’s interesting that Ferdinand mentions ricochets because that really is what Luis loved. And Jota got about three of them here before being presented with the goalkeeper. From there, he slotted it as you knew he would.

So, we’d argue that although the Suarez/Nunez comparison is an obvious one to make, Jota is the man embodying the spirit of El Pistolero right now.

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