Rio Ferdinand reversed his opinion about Mykhailo Mudryk just minutes into his Chelsea debut.

Speaking on his own YouTube channel, Ferdinand admitted that he judged Mudryk too quickly upon making his first appearance last weekend.

The 22-year-old was presented to the Premier League properly against Liverpool on Saturday, having previously been unveiled to the Stamford Bridge crowd in the previous fixture.

He stepped onto the Anfield turf just before the hour mark, with Graham Potter deciding his side needed a new injection of life from their January recruit.

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Potter certainly made the right call by substituting on the Ukrainian international, who added far greater ammunition to an attack that was struggling to dent Jurgen Klopp’s defence.

Mudryk made light-work of the attention from the Liverpool players, skipping past them with simplicity, skill and speed.

His maiden Chelsea match was almost capped off with a goal, yet his dancing feet in the box could only be followed by a shot into the side-netting.

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It was an encouraging exhibition for what could be in store for the rest of the season.

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Ferdinand felt the same way about Mudryk, yet revealed his initial view was not one of positivity.

“I’ve got to say, his first touch he kicked it out of play, by the way. Everyone in the studio looked at each other and said ‘£80m what? How much?’,” said the former Manchester United defender.

“And his second touch, (James) Milner got booked trying to bring him down because he knew he was going to be off. The jets were on.

“He is rapid! The kid isn’t even in rhythm, he’s not played any games in the last six weeks. Imagine when he’s fully fit.”

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Mudryk’s last outing before taking on the Reds was way back in November, a 3-2 victory for Shakhtar Donetsk.

But the forward showed no signs of fading on Merseyside.

Chelsea and Potter will hope this is just the start of something special from the young man.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."