Steven Gerrard: What I like about Chelsea signing

The Liverpool legend talks up Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta following his impressive Champions League debut

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard has issued his backing for Chelsea signing Davide Zappacosta.

The Premier League champions spent most of the summer transfer window chasing Juventus left-back Alex Sandro.

However, the Italian title holders refused to sell the Brazil international to the Premier League champions despite offers in excess of £52m.

The Blues were also linked with a move to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s England international Danny Rose but a deal failed to materialise.

The defending champions rushed a deal to sign Torino full-back Zappacosta over the line on transfer deadline to strengthen their wing-back options.

The 24-year-old made his Premier League debut as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Leicester City at the weekend.

And Zappacosta opened his Chelsea goal account with a stunning effort in the west London side’s 6-0 victory over Qarabag in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard was impressed with the Italian defender’s movement throughout the Champions League clash.

“He looks a very impressive runner. He looks like a proper athlete,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season thanks in part to the performances of their wing-backs Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses.

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