Ex-Arsenal man Keown: Luis Suarez better than Van Nistelrooy

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Ex-Arsenal man doesn't pass up a chance to take a dig at old Manchester United foe while bigging up Liverpool goal ace.

When fans remember Martin Keown's playing career, the standout image will not be of him parading his medals - but his famous taunt towards Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after a penalty miss.

The 'Battle of Old Trafford' took place a decade ago, and Keown has softened from his hard man image nowadays, a pundit, co-commentator, and newspaper columnist.

He runs an #TackleKeown column every week in the Mail, and in today's instalment there was plenty to discuss after the midweek football action.

We couldn't help but find it mildly amusing that when asked about Luis Suarez' incredible talent, he took the chance to belittle former foe Ruud van Nistelrooy.

But does he rate Suarez as highly as Thierry Henry? Here's what he had to say...

"I think Suarez is getting himself above Ruud van Nistelrooy, he’s not quite got the pace of somebody like Thierry Henry, who I played with, but Suarez is almost a combination of Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. He is scoring such a great mix of goals."

Van Nistelrooy was a prolific striker, but Keown is right that the Dutchman could never have dreamed of scoring the sort of goals Suarez did last night from distance, for he was renowned for his penalty box poaching instead.

Henry was prone to the spectacular, and is rightly regarded as the complete striker of the modern Premier League era.

If Suarez stays at Liverpool and continues to progress and show consistency and durability over the coming seasons he could just end up being regarded in a class of his own.

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