Liverpool may have missed out on winning the Premier League and the Champions League by a good margin. However, they made their intentions clear for this season after expressing their interest in signing SL Benfica’s Darwin Nunez who was one of the best young players. The Uruguayan was the best striker in the Portuguese Premier League, and he ended up as the top scorer with 26 goals.
Liverpool have already agreed personal terms with the player and are now negotiating with Nunez FC. According to reports, Liverpool has prepared an agreement worth 100 million euros. This included an amount of €80 million plus add-ons,
The Reds have already made a fantastic La Liga signing of Luis Diaz. The Colombian, who was among the best young strikers in Europe with Nunez, has impressed since moving to Merseyside in January.
Benfica have received an official offer for Darwin Nunez from Liverpool after verbal talks – €80m plus bonuses. 🇺🇾 #LFC
Discussions are underway about 15/20 million euros additions, LFC wants premiums. A potential five-year deal.
Man United communicates with the agent and denies any meeting with Ten Hag. pic.twitter.com/Y0zqFzIwiM
– Fabrizio Romano June 10, 2022
While Manchester United are also said to be in touch with the player, it appears likely that the 22-year-old will join Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool are also looking to bolster their attacking division after it became clear that Sadio Mane was leaving the club. The club believes he is the perfect replacement for the departing Senegalese.
What does he bring to Liverpool?
Darwin Nunez was the top scorer in the league, which means he will add a new threat to Liverpool’s already impressive attack. While Liverpool scored 94 goals in the league, second only to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Liverpool struggled to score on crucial occasions.
Klopp’s men lost two league games, a record best, but drew in eight, twice more than City, and in the end decided who won the title. Even in the Champions League final, Liverpool suffered because of the same thing. With Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota not shining, the former quartet of players failed to find an elite striker who could come off the bench and score a goal.
And in Nunez, they will have a player who is fit and developing and has the best years ahead of him.
Darwin_Núñez stats for the 2021-22 season. The attacker is in great demand. The first goal for both Liverpool and Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/eRwEL3UFWk
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We also have to understand that Nunez played for a Benfica side that underperformed significantly in the league. The 2018-2019 league champions finished third in third place, 17 points behind FC Porto.
in spite of that, Sucrement Nunez ranked as the best player in the league. If he can be devastating at Benfica, he will certainly be a much more dangerous player in Liverpool’s system.
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How does Darwin Nunez fit in with Liverpool?
Liverpool’s style of play, while attractive, requires one thing, a complete striker. They need players who can play anywhere across the front line. They need players who can easily switch positions to help the team in attack. And Nunez is an expert at that.
He has the best stats when it comes to scoring goals. according to fbref The striker scored 0.88 goals per 90 minutes last year, among the top three percent of strikers.
This is one of the main reasons why Liverpool want to sign him. Jurgen Klopp has the best creators in his team. Players who can unlock the strongest defense with through ball or dribbling and creating chances. The team wants a player who can get the end of these chances and score. Unlike Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz, who are creative and purposeful, Nunez leans more on the scoring side.
Jurgen Klopp will never sign a player he doesn’t feel he will:
1. Culture fit
2. Fit the playing style
3. Chemistry improvement
– AllistairMcCaw June 9, 2022
The young man also loves to dodge, and here we come across an interesting note. 2.93 attempted dribbles every 90 minutes, a good number for attackers. However, he has passed 1.91 players per 90 minutes, making him among the top nine percent of attackers.
He is also an elite ball bearer. Fbref The data shows that he completed 2.2 loads per 90 minutes, which is better than Lionel Messi (1.23) and shy of Mohamed Salah (2.27).
He’s also good at ball width, with 2.49 crosses taken per 90 minutes, which is good enough for the top three percent of attackers.
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While Nunez is an exciting player who will only improve under Jurgen Klopp, he has his flaws. according to football , The pass success rate during advanced play is 67.1 percent; A number Klopp wants to improve. Nor is Nunez at his best when it comes to passing. At Benfica he was the leading man, scoring goals, so the accuracy of passes was not a big concern.
However, that would not be the case at Liverpool, which boasts a host of scorers. His pressing numbers are very disappointing, especially in the offensive third. This could become his biggest weakness as Liverpool are a team that plays Gegenpressing, a system that requires the entire team to press opponents relentlessly.
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The goal score speaks for itself, but there are concerns about his overall play 🤔
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📈 Strengths – Penalties, Shooting
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– 365 matches (@Matchday365) 6 June 2022
Nunez will also move to a more physical league. The difference in playing between the Portuguese League and the English Premier League is huge. The league is faster, direct and physical, which is a huge challenge for the player.
Finally, it will go to a team that has been among the favorites to win every competition they participate in even before it even started. There is no room for complacency. Jurgen Klopp is also a coach who demands the most from a player. Hence why he wanted every player to learn the Liverpool system. This could mean he could make a few games early in the season, as was the case with Fabinho and Andy Robertson.
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Nunez – a replacement for Sadio Mane?
Well, that is the question on everyone’s mind. Sadio Mane has been a loyal servant of the club for years but is now looking for a new challenge. Thus, Klopp must strengthen his team. With Mane gone, Liverpool will be relegated to four elite strikers (Salah, Firmino, Diaz and Diogo Jota). Furthermore, cult champion Divock Origi has already left the club, and Takumi Minamino doesn’t present the same offensive threat, making another signing a must.
And Nunez offers the same quality as Mane. They are both top scorers and can be good enough at creating chances. The duo uses speed and dribbling to get past the defenders. In addition, they are the best readers of the game. They can check their running and move at the perfect time to beat the offside trap.
according to football , Their success rate in fencing is 44.3 percent. Admittedly, Nunez is much better than Mane, but with the quality of the Premier League, we can expect the number to drop.
Darwin Nunez would be an exciting replacement for Sadio Mane at Liverpool. Fast, dangerous, good in the air, loves to attack from the wide left. It also refreshes the team, which is important.
– IanDarke June 9, 2022
More importantly, in the Portuguese league, Nunez played mainly on the left wing and intimidating the right-back, the same role that Mane plays.
Jurgen Klopp has asked Liverpool fans to book tickets for the 2022-23 Champions League final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, because they will be back. The last time Liverpool came to Istanbul, football saw a historic night, and perhaps Darwin Nunez will help Liverpool re-create it.