Liverpool No2 Steve Clarke believes Luis Suarez is the best foreign buy since Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.

Clarke admits he can see similarities between Suarez's seamless transition and that of his former Chelsea teammate Zola.

After arriving at Stamford Bridge midway through the 1996-97 season, the diminutive Italian's dazzling displays illuminated the Premier League and earned him the prestigious Football Writers' Player of the Year accolade - after just seven months in England.

"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."

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