Change of narrative surrounding £85M figure paid for “exciting” new signing

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the numbers being reported for Darwin Nunez’s transfer are false.

The Uruguayan arrived from Benfica for a reported fee of around £85M earlier this summer, subject to particular add-ons.

He arrived for a base fee of £64M with a further £21.3M in potential add-ons, meaning the fee will be the reported £85M if all the criteria are met.

Klopp also discussed the change in the transfer market over the years and also stated how he is ‘completely convinced’ about Nunez’s potential.

Klopp’s Comments

Speaking to the media in Asia at their latest press conference, Klopp claimed the transfer fee being reported as £85m is wrong.

He said: “The numbers [regarding Nunez] you are telling are not right, but it’s not a problem – I know which kind of number is going around in the world out there.

“When you want to sign a striker as exciting as Darwin is, that’s the market and you have to pay the price.

“As I said, it’s not the price you mentioned and not the prices going around, but it’s no problem.”

Nunez made his Liverpool debut in the 4-0 loss to Manchester United earlier this week – where rival fans were quick to mock the striker’s miss near the end of the game.

“I am not worried at all. The general judgement is interesting. And it will be like this, and we all know it’s a joke or a game for some people to pick out some situations where a player is not doing well,” Klopp continued.

“The only really important thing first and foremost is how I judge the situation for the player. I couldn’t be more calm about it.”

Give Nunez Time

Klopp also pleaded with fans to give the new signing time to settle at Liverpool and claimed it was his responsibility to help the former Benfica forward to reach his potential: “I am completely convinced about his potential. And actually what our people think, the Liverpool supporters in the whole world.

“And again, it is my responsibility to help Darwin that he can fulfil his full potential.”

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Liverpool fans will be hoping he can hit the ground running as Luis Diaz did following his move from Portugal in the January window.

But Klopp insisted that he will get time – and the fans should buy into that as well:

“They should know now after a while that new players need time and get time, and we should be the first – all Liverpool supporters on this planet – who just delete the fee we paid. Just delete it, it’s not important.”

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