Fowler explains how Darwin Nunez can solve key Liverpool ‘problem of last couple of years’

Will Ford
Darwin Nunez in action for Benfica.

Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler has explained how Darwin Nunez can solve a problem that has emerged for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Reds paid £64m up front with £21m to be paid in add-ons to complete the signing of Nunez from Benfica this summer.

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The 23-year-old could ease the blow of Sadio Mane’s departure to Bayern Munich, but will represent a different challenge for opposition defences.

And Fowler believes Liverpool will benefit from his ability to stretch teams through his movement in behind.

“I think it is really simple,” Fowler told bettingexpert. “We are driven now by a stats game and a data game. We have all seen the Money Ball film. I don’t think it is as complex as that.

“I think we look at the player stats, how he brings others into the game, whether he can keep hold of the ball and bring others into it, whether he can score goals, whether he can roam behind, whether he can roam this side of the defence. I think one of Liverpool’s problems, it sounds stupid because of everything, I’ve seen in the last couple of years. A lot of teams have played sort of sitting deep. Liverpool has played all the football in front of the defence.

“Now we’ve got a player obviously in Nunez who can come maybe this side of the defenders (play beyond the defenders). This should be obvious for a striker, but sometimes when you are this way, it makes the defenders want to roam backwards. It creates space for certain other players (in the middle) in these roles here. This has been played for years here, which obviously condenses the play. Nunez is a little bit of that player, he can play off the shoulder.

“The signs in terms of players, it is position specifics. It is bringing others into the game, it is knowing the fact that if the ball goes here you can hold it off, and you can bring other players into it. A good striker will always be the one who can hold it, feed others and then get himself into the box, for a cross or for a forward pass.

“I think if you look at stats in terms of the speed, the movements, the dribbling attributes, it is not as easy. I think he will score goals.”