He's been likened to a young Steven Gerrard, and he grew up cheering every goal Luis Suarez scored at Anfield.
'Of course there's a Liverpool in Uruguay too,' he says. 'They don't play in red, they play in Everton's blue but they were champions of the 'Clausura' (domestic tournament for the second half of the season). They played well, they deserved it.'
Real Madrid's Fede Valverde (left) is looking to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League
There's a club on every corner in football-crazy Montevideo where Valverde was born and 'Liverpool Futbol Club', founded in 1911 and named after the port the ships delivering coal had arrived from, is one of them.