The country of origin may be different but the continent and sentiment that Colombian youngster Luis Muriel may be the closest thing to the second coming of Luis Suarez remains as true as ever.
Signed by Sampdoria back in January, the 23-year-old had previously been on Liverpool’s radar with Goal.com identifying the South American as a worthy successor to Suarez since as far back as May 2013.
More recently still, the Reds were linked with a late move for the forward, with The Express claiming that Liverpool would make a late bid for the then-Udinese striker prior to the close of the mid-season transfer window.
And though Muriel would later go on to confirm Liverpool’s interest, among several other major European sides, the striker always appeared to have his heart set on a move to his current Serie A employers.
Speaking to Colombian newspaper El Heraldo in quotes carried in the same story by The Express, the striker appeared steadfast in his approach when it came to discussing his future.
"Sampdoria are a strong option, we are really close even if we recently also had offers from Liverpool, Southampton, Fiorentina and Milan. I think Sampdoria will be my destination," he told the news provider.
Over a month on from making his €15 million move to i Blucerchiati and the striker has hit the ground running with two goals in just three Serie A appearances.
Voted Serie A Young Footballer of the Year back in 2012, the South American looks every bit the Suarez stand-in, as this exquisite goal against Atalanta at the weekend demonstrates.
Finishing off a delightful team move with a sumptuous volley, the goal was reminiscent of the Uruguayan at his Liverpool best and could have some Reds fans wishing the Merseysiders had moved heaven and earth to land Muriel.
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