Pundit warns Liverpool about Benfica star who has ‘caught his eye’

Date published: Saturday 19th March 2022 4:08 - Dan Butterfield

Benfica forward Darwin Nunez

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has warned Liverpool not to be too happy with their Champions League quarter-final draw.

Liverpool avoided Premier League rivals Man City and Chelsea as well as European giants Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich to be drawn against Benfica.

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The Portuguese side edged out Ajax in the previous round and will welcome Liverpool to Portugal at the start of April for the first-leg.

Liverpool may already be looking forward to their semi-final, where they would face Bayern or Villarreal should they qualify, but Richards has provided them with a warning.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Richards said: “Liverpool fans will have been delighted at how the Champions League draw panned out but let me provide a word of warning.

“Darwin Nunez has caught my eye all year and he came up trumps for Benfica once again, to send them into the last eight.

“Nunez scored his 26th goal of the season and is only 22. He is tall, strong, he runs in behind and knows how to finish.

“He’s scored against Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax so far — don’t discount him doing the same against Liverpool.”

Nunez has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after his impressive performances this season.

Newcastle, Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham are all thought to be interested in the Uruguayan forward.

Away from the Champions League, Liverpool have a massive Premier League clash with Man City on the horizon and Richards has urged fans to savour the drama.

“The FA Cup provides a break from the title race this weekend but, really, I can’t stop thinking about the epic tussle that is developing between Manchester City and Liverpool.

“The two teams are moving with the speed and power of express trains and they both seem unstoppable.

“It’s been a significant week, with City dropping two points at Crystal Palace and Liverpool clawing back the deficit, but making a firm call about who wins at this stage is too hard.

“I still slightly favour City, but it is only because they will have home advantage when the two teams meet in April.

“If that match was being played at Anfield, I’d be leaning in Liverpool’s direction. Either way, the drama is incredible. Savour every minute.”

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