Clarke likens Suarez's impact to Zola

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Liverpool's first team coach Steve Clarke has compared the impact made by Luis Suarez to that of Italian Gianfranco Zola.

Zola earned legendary status at Chelsea during his six year spell at the club, and is widely accepted as one of the greatest players to play in the Barclays Premier League.

Clarke played with Zola during his first two seasons in English football, and the start made by Liverpool's new signing Suarez has led to The Reds' No.2 making such a comparison.

"It's always difficult, especially for the foreign boys coming in, to make such a big impact," Clarke told

"If I had to pick one who made a similar impact it would maybe be Gianfranco Zola.

"I was at Chelsea at the time he came in, and I think in his first season he only played for seven months but got the Football Writers' Player of the Year award, which tells you he made a big impact.

"I see similar things in Luis, which is fantastic."

The Uruguayan striker has scored twice his first five matches for Kenny Dalglish's side, the most of recent of which came during last weekend's victory at Sunderland.


However, despite his impressive start to his Anfield career, Clarke believes Suarez is just getting going.

"I am sure there is more to come. I think over a number of games and a period of time his performances will only improve.

"Don't forget, he's only been playing league games for us, so since he came in he's had to sit out a lot of the midweek matches, which has meant his training preparation has been a little bit interrupted.

"Once he gets a good run of games and gets himself training properly week in, week out, I am sure we'll see a big improvement."

Suarez's second goal for Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Sunday came from a near impossible angle, and defender Martin Skrtel believes the 24-year-old unpredictability is a huge asset.

"Luis is one of those players that is unpredictable; although he is very consistent, you also don't know what he will do," Skrtel told LFC Weekly.

"For that reason, I think he will become a very important player for Liverpool and someone who the fans will really like.

"He can change a game in one moment and create something from anywhere on the pitch. As a defender, you have to watch him for every second of the match."

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