Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde is playing like ‘Steven Gerrard at his peak’ after Premier League giants Liverpool reportedly failed with a late summer move for the European champion, Spanish football expert Terry Gibson says on El Tel and Jon’s La Liga Weekly podcast. 

With Luka Modric and Toni Kroos boasting a combined age of 69, Valverde is just about the perfect foil for two footballers who, while still as majestic as ever, are not exactly the quickest across the ground these days. 

He might not possess Modric’s wonderous technique. But Valverde more than makes up for that with his seemingly never-ending energy reserves; thumping down the right-wing like a runaway train. 

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Now one of the first names on Carlo Ancelotti’s team sheet, Real Madrid understandably had no interest in entering a dialogue when Liverpool enquired about the 24-year-old Uruguay international’s avaiability towards the end of the transfer window. 

Liverpool, AS say, were willing to splash out a club-record fee of £85 million.  

But, with three goals and two assists in his last five games, Valverde continues to establish himself as a priceless piece of the Madrid puzzle. 

Real Madrid will not sell Fede Valverde to Liverpool

“Valverde will break (forward) from wherever he is; whether he is at right-back, right-wing or right-midfield,” says Gibson, formerly of Manchester United, Wimbledon and Tottenham Hotspur. 

“The more I see of him, Valverde is reminding me of Steven Gerrard at his peak. One of those players who can go box-to-box. (He has) great skills, great finishing, power… that’s the level of play Valverde is at, at 24 years of age.  

“He’s an important player for Real Madrid because he covers so much ground, and with good quality.” 

With four goals already this season – his latest coming in Sunday’s 2-1 win away at Madrid rivals Atletico – Valverde has already matched his tally from the last two campaigns combined. 

“He is a great player,” Carlo Ancelotti said after Valverde raced from his own half before belting a left-footed scorcher into the Real Mallorca net earlier this month. 

“(Valverde) can play in midfield, he also plays on the wing. He’s closer to the goal now and scoring more. He has already scored two goals (this season) and will score more. He is a fantastic athlete and a great player.” 

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