Erik ten Hag and Manchester United will regret letting Liverpool sign Darwin Nunez without a fight.
The Uruguayan scored 34 goals last season and is set to star up front for the Reds this season after securing a mega-money move to Anfield.
Liverpool could pay £85M if add-ons are triggered, making him the club’s most expensive signing of all time.
He has played just 60 minutes so far this pre-season and is yet to score a goal but Jurgen Klopp isn’t worried.
According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, Klopp has reacted to Nunez’s start to pre-season much different to those online.
“The reality is that Klopp and his staff have been more than satisfied with what they’ve seen from the player so far,” Pearce writes. “They loved his movement and his ability to get away from defenders and find pockets of space.
Jurgen Klopp isn't worried about Darwin Nunez 🤫 pic.twitter.com/2OiwWv9O5B
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 14, 2022
“There were also promising signs of an understanding being formed with both full-backs, who looked to exploit his pace and power in behind.”
Nunez deserves time to prove his abilities
When assessing Nunez and his potential impact, it’s important to consider what he’s good at and what he isn’t.
What he definitely isn’t is a carbon copy of Sadio Mane. The former Liverpool forward is an agile, lightning-quick machine of a footballer and he is one of the best in the world at beating defenders 1v1.
Nunez, on the other hand, is an extremely direct bully of a forward that punishes the tiniest of openings in the box. His sitter against Manchester United is no doubt a blip on an otherwise superb track record.
When you see Nunez in the box. pic.twitter.com/vRChqjo4n5
— – (@AnfieldRd96) July 20, 2022
With the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City signing Romelu Lukaku and Jack Grealish for even more mind-boggling fees, Nunez deserves time to prove he won’t be another Premier League flop.
Manchester United will regret allowing Liverpool to sign £140,000-a-week bully without a fight
Nunez is on £140,000 per week, according to Paul Joyce, and I have little doubt that his 34 goals in 2021/22 will translate well in his first season at Anfield.
Manchester United, in particular, will be left ruing their decision not to sign the 23-year-old.
While some fans online have hyped up Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford during pre-season, their records from last season leave little to be desired.
We have the best front three in Europe. pic.twitter.com/9lqzM2MHvn
— ًEllis. (@EIIisV3) July 19, 2022
Anthony Martial scored just 2 goals last season for Utd and Sevilla combined while Rashford and Sancho were similarly poor, scoring just 5 times.
For context, Takumi Minamino scored 10 times despite playing a squad role, outscoring all three United forwards.
With Cristiano Ronaldo wanting to leave Old Trafford, United will regret not putting up a fight to sign Nunez.