‘As a defender’ – Rio Ferdinand says it would be difficult to play against a Liverpool player

Liverpool beat Ajax 3-0 in the Champions League and Darwin Nunez was on target.

Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez can be a handful for many of the defenses he comes up against.

Nunez had a somewhat indifferent evening in the Reds’ 3-0 Champions League loss to Ajax on Wednesday night.

Benfica’s big-money summer signing was calm in the first half, missing a glorious chance from just six yards out when he hit the post.

But Nunez improved considerably in the second half and scored Liverpool’s second goal on his return from injury.

Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport, believes the Uruguay international’s work ethic is why he will cause problems for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The former Manchester United centre-back said: “I think it was good and bad. I think there were times when you scratch your head and say, ‘What was he thinking there? ?’

“Then there are times (which are good). He always tries to get into it, however, his head never drops, he always works hard, he’s tenacious, he wants to graft and fight.

“I don’t think he will ever be the cleanest striker, but I think he will be an effective long-term striker who scores goals in club football. As a defender, I think he would be difficult to play against him and ask you questions throughout the game.

“He may not be silky and embarrass you with skills, but he’ll make you walk out and think, ‘I’ve had a hard day’s work here’.”

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