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What Darwin Nunez Brings To Liverpool

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At some point in the just-concluded season, Liverpool were on the cusp of something truly magnificent. They were in the running to win an unprecedented quadruple, but they came up short in the Premier League, losing on the final day because of an Ilkay Gundogan-inspired Manchester City. They also lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Paris, with Belgian shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois in inspired form, keeping out the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, got so much out of the team, and it seems the mercurial German has set his sights on going one better. Despite legendary forward, Sadio Mane leaving for Bayern Munich, Klopp and the “award-winning” scouting team at Anfield have identified another player that would fit right into the Klopp philosophy. Step forward, Darwin Nunez.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan striker is one of the hottest properties in European football after a brilliant campaign in Portugal with Benfica, and what he showed against them in the quarter-finals, He scored twice against them, one in each leg, and what he proved at Anfield showed that he was a Liverpool player through and through. He was mobile, harried, pressed and pressed, dropped between the lines, ran along the channels, and was noticeably present despite the fact that Benfica struggled for the ball.

With Manchester City signing Erling Haaland, who at 21, is already, one of the best players in the world, Liverpool have answered in style with Nunez, who is not as highly regarded but can equally be as effective. He scored 34 times in 41 matches last term and would be expected a new attacking triumvirate with Luis Diaz on the left and Mohammed Salah on the right, with the pair of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino coming into the team, where necessary.

Nunez will offer something different from what Liverpool currently have; here’s a player at 6ft 2in, who can be the focal point of the attack and be on the receiving end of Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson’s crosses from full-back. He’s also very mobile, and oftentimes, operates from the left in a Thierry Henry-esque manner, which means that the likes of Diaz and Salah can have the freedom to get inside and create more havoc in the penalty area.

With a transfer fee that could rise to £75m including add-ons, much is expected of Nunez, and Liverpool fans would expect him to hit the ground running almost immediately. Like recent Liverpool signings have shown, he will fit right in from day 1.

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