If ever there was a time for David Luiz to prove his worth as a Chelsea player, it's against Liverpool.
The Brazilian was chosen to start against Jurgen Klopp's side tonight in John Terry's absense and, in turn, had the chance to dispel doubt surrouding his £32 million return.
Upon Luiz's move from Paris Saint-Germain on transfer deadline day, manager Antonio Conte expressed his delight at signing a 'defender who likes to play football'.
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"We invested in David and I'm very happy," he said, per the Mirror.
"We took a player with a great personality, good technique, likes to play. I like to play football and I like defenders who like to play football.
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"We know that David can improve in defensive situations, but it's good and I'm very happy he stays here. He's a good guy, a positive guy for the changing room. I'm very pleased for this."
As it turns out, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has an entirely different take on Luiz's move.
Speaking prior to Chelsea's clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, the former Manchester United defender brilliantly compared Conte re-signing Luiz to him being with Miss World (see below at 0:20).
"I'm very surprised to see [Luiz] with Conte as a manager," he said. "I think of Conte's centre-backs over the last few years with Italy and Juventus: very solid, know how to play the zonal system, dependable.
"I think Luiz is a big talent, but I would never have put them together. I think there's something a bit bizarre about it. Feels a little bit strange."
And then it came.
"I'm trying to think of an analogy to describe it," he added. "It's a bit like me and Miss World.
"It's something I'm still coming to terms with, it'll be interesting to see if he's had an impact on him in the last few weeks since he's arrived."
Brilliant. On the other hand, Neville's partner in crime, Jamie Carragher, believes Luiz is a quality signing for Chelsea.
"There is something about Luiz's character that I like," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
"I wouldn’t call him a leader as such, but he is the kind of player who will make something happen or contribute a big moment. He is erratic but he has quality.
"Conte's reign has started without a blemish and now he has added cover to the one area of his squad that was most needed, I can only see them getting stronger.
"I just didn’t think it would happen with David Luiz."
Only time will tell whether Luiz and Conte are a match at Stamford Bridge.
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