Klopp ‘really surprised’ by £64m Liverpool star Nunez – player likened to ex-Man Utd attacker

Date published: Thursday 7th July 2022 11:02 - Lewis Oldham

Klopp admiers Nunez

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly left “really surprised” by the impact Darwin Nunez made for Benfica against Liverpool last season in the Champions League.

Nunez has established himself as one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers in recent seasons.

Last term, he netted 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica across all competitions.


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Two of his goals came against Liverpool in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Reds have splashed out an initial £64m to sign Nunez ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. This fee could potentially rise to £85m with add-ons.

Nunez has come in as Sadio Mane’s replacement. The Senegal international has left the club to join Bayern Munich.

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Klopp was impressed by Nunez in the Champions League. Liverpool see him as “the new Edinson Cavani”:

“This Darwin Nunez story started a long time ago,” Romano said on his YouTube channel.

“It’s true that Darwin had a fantastic impact against Liverpool in the Champions League games and Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of checking players in the real games in the face-to-face games, with his own Liverpool and he was really surprised by the impact of this fantastic striker.

“In the Liverpool scouting department, they have been big fans of Darwin Nunez [for a] long time. They consider him the new [Edinson] Cavani.”

Meanwhile, according to reports, Liverpool were interested in bringing Raheem Sterling back to Anfield this summer before he agreed to join Chelsea.

The 27-year-old had a good season last term with 13 Premier League goals and five assists in 23 starts but he’s now decided to leave Man City for a new challenge.

The Daily Mirror claims that the Blues fought off competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool, who were also interested in signing the England international.

The Mirror insist that Chelsea ‘beat off interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain AND Liverpool’ with Thomas Tuchel’s ‘personal touch and detailed conversations’ convincing Sterling.

Liverpool were ‘keen’ to conclude a ‘remarkable return to Anfield’ despite the newspaper expressing doubts about ‘how concrete their interest was’ in Sterling.

 

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