Carragher predicts how £85m Nunez will fit in at Liverpool after necessary ‘refresh’

Date published: Tuesday 14th June 2022 8:57 - Will Ford

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Jamie Carragher reckons Darwin Nunez will go straight into Liverpool’s attack next season after his move from Benfica.

The 22-year-old will join the Reds in an £85m move with the deal set to be confirmed in the coming days.


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He will likely replace Sadio Mane at the club with the Senegalese forward set to leave Anfield for Bayern Munich this summer.

Nunez will join Mohamed Salag, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino as options in the front three for Jurgen Klopp.

Considering the huge fee and his 34 goals in 41 games in all competitions last term, it’s hard to see the Uruguayan not going straight into the starting lineup.

And Carragher believes he will be in Klopp’s fist choice XI, lining up in the middle, flanked by Salah on the right and Diaz on the left.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp normally get the recruitment right, certainly when they spend big and the type of figures we’re talking here that’s what they spent on the goalkeeper [Alisson] and [Virgil] van Dijk and they made a huge difference.

“Liverpool do need to refresh the frontline because of the age of that front three who have been absolutely fantastic for the last four or five years with Liverpool. It is sad to see it broken up in some ways but it had to come to an end sooner or later.

“With Sadio Mane looking like he’s going to move on, Liverpool had to do something and he’s the one they’ve identified. I think the start of next season Liverpool’s front three will be Salah, Nunez and Diaz on the left.”

The striker has been compared by his former coach at Penarol as a mix of Cavani and Suarez.

Leonardo Ramos said: “He has a similar style to Cavani, but it seems to me that Darwin is faster and more powerful,” Leonardo Ramos said.

“He is much more explosive and apart from that explosiveness he obviously showed incredible goalscoring ability. He has two parts, he is half and half between Suarez and Cavani.

“He has the power that Suárez had to go for it all, to go to the clash and fight with the rival. And he also has the part of Cavani, of being a much more athletic player, more physical, more intelligent.

“I think he is a union of those two things.”

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