Klopp reveals when Liverpool ‘fell in love’ with Nunez and decided to shell out £64m for the striker
The Reds have invested heavily in a Uruguayan striker they came across in European competition during the 2021-22 campaign
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed when the Reds “fell in love” with Darwin Nunez and decided the Uruguay international striker was worth spending £64m ($77m).
A talented frontman, 23, was drafted into the ranks at Anfield this summer as those on Merseyside look to build another formidable attacking unit following the departure of Sadio Mane.
Big things are expected of Nunez as he follows in the footsteps of compatriot Luis Suarez in England, with Klopp having seen enough South American competition in the Champions League last season to suggest he will be another shrewd addition.
Why did Liverpool sign Darwin Nunez?
The Reds have fended off rival interests from Premier League foes Manchester United in a bid to secure Nunez’s signature, Klopp telling the club official site why a big money transfer for a player who scored in two games against his team last season was punished: “It was extremely impressive when he played in front of us.
“When you prepare Benfica, you know right down to the shoe size – we know absolutely everything about an opponent, so we know exactly about Darwin’s quality.
“It was not clear if he would play because he was coming back from internationals, in the first match. It was clear he was really good. But when you see it live, it was really impressive.
“The power and confusion with the technique, the desire, the smart moves, the problems he caused us. We all fell in love with those two games. A very aggressive South American, that’s a good thing!
“It was a real joy to watch him and so when we realized we had a good chance of signing him, we were all in and we’re really happy he’s here now.”
Will Nunez be a success at Liverpool?
A highly rated striker netted 34 times in all competitions for Benfica last season, including home and away efforts against Liverpool in Europe.
He took the No.27 shirt at Anfield and will be eager to make an immediate impression.
Former Reds star Suarez is confident a fellow international has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, with his qualities perfectly suited to the demands of life in the English top flight.
Nunez has pace to burn and an unerring eye for goal, with the challenge being to join Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz as the Reds look to ensure Mane doesn’t miss out following his move to Bayern Munich.