Carlo Ancelotti agrees to Suarez comparison of Reds midfield target to Steven Gerrard

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has responded to Luis Suarez's comments about a player linked to Liverpool

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti

Suarez spent three and a half years at Anfield, scoring 82 goals in that time. He went on to play for Barcelona and Atl├ętico de Madrid and is now back in his country playing for Nacional.

Liverpool reportedly made an £86m offer for the Federico  Valverde in the summer, but it was quickly rejected by La Liga giants Real Madrid. The link hasn't gone away, and reports have since suggested Liverpool would "try again" to sign Valverde.

Suarez has spoken of Valverde recently, claiming the fellow countryman is similar to Reds legend Steven Gerrard.

He told Marca: "I, honestly, and there are the newspaper archives, already in 2017, when Fede debuted in the National Team, I already said that he reminded me of Steven Gerrard, who was my teammate at Liverpool.

"He has similar conditions. A box to box, with punch, change of pace, a lot of arrival... I don't want to compare, but the characteristics are similar.

“I saw Fede coming and he has made tremendous progress, surrounded by big stars. He did very well."

Federico Valverde
Federico Valverde has been a rumoured transfer target for Liverpool

Now, Real Madrid boss Ancelotti, who was asked about Suarez's comments on Valverde, has reacted to the claims. The Real Madrid boss said he felt the same way and claimed the midfielder is likened to Gerrard.

“I agree, he has a lot of the same talents as Gerrard,” Ancelotti told Spanish news outlet Marca, via Sportstar.

“It’s very good that they are comparing him with a player that has had this success.

“I think that Federico has everything he needs to reach Gerrard’s level and go even further still.”

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