Liverpool warned they need ‘younger players’ to compete with Man City after £85m Nunez deal

Will Ford
Arsenal-linked Darwin Nunez celebrates scoring a goal

Liverpool need to add further “young players” to their “ageing squad” to compete with Manchester City, according to Paul Dickov.

Benfica confirmed they have agreed a deal with Liverpool over a deal for 22-year-old Darwin Nunez which could (definitely will) rise to £85m.

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Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s side have secure deals for Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

And Dickov believes Jurgen Klopp’s side need to make further moves for young players to go toe-to-toe with City.

On Nunez, Dickov told Football Daily: “He’s only 22, he had a magnificent season last season, it’s only one season but I was really impressed when he played against Liverpool (in the Champions League).

“You look at Mane leaving… Salah, Firmino, they’re touching 30, the wrong side of 30 as well, so going forward, I think the signing of Luis Diaz in January… even then you could say it was Liverpool looking to plan forward. I don’t think anybody expected him to have the fantastic impact that he did. It’s a contingency plan… Salah, Firmino, Origi’s left, looks as if Mane’s going to go to Bayern Munich.”

“All in all, it looks (Nunez) like a good signing. It’s a lot of money for somebody unproven over the last few years. But he’s 22 and Jurgen Klopp has not got much wrong in the transfer market. And you look at Liverpool, when they spend big with Alisson and Van Dijk, you’ve got to say they’ve got it 100 percent on.

“I would think that would have a little bit to do with it, the fantastic front three is ageing a bit, Klopp has signed a long-term contract… getting younger players in at top-level looking forward for the next three or four years has to be significant for them, they can’t afford to fall behind Man City.

“Signing Haaland, Julian Alvarez – who’s just won player of the tear in Argentina at the age of 21 – Man City are strengthening the positions they need to but I do think going forward for the future of Liverpool, I do think they need to bring in younger players at the top level with the ageing squad they’ve got.”