There may be doubts over Darwin Nunez but Liverpool have a player who has ‘technically everything’.
That’s the verdict of former Benfica player Scott Minto and talkSPORT pundit Stuart Pearce, who both believe the new signing will be a hit at Anfield.
Liverpool have moved the Uruguayan forward in a deal that could reach a club record £85million, however, he has an unfairly split opinion so far based on some pre-season displays.
Nunez looked the real deal in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig, scoring four of their goals in a virtuoso second-half performance.
In the rest of their friendlies he failed to find the net, raising questions over whether he will justify his price tag, although he answered some of those doubts with a spirited performance in the Liverpool’s Community Shield win over Man City – which he capped with a late goal in the 3-1 victory.
Minto told talkSPORT the 23-year-old is a versatile striker, who also adds a new dimension to the Reds attack.
“People will look at him and say he had a really good season at Benfica but I think when he was at Almeria Luis Suarez told Barcelona to get him because he’s an absolutely superb talent,” he said. he explained.
“The Uruguayan manager compared him to Edinson Cavani, I think there’s a lot of pressure there. He’s a similar type of player though.
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“Nunez is not just a typical No.9. He can work the channels, he can pass, he can play on the left, even if he has a big physique.
“Technically he’s got absolutely everything and if you put the balls in the box, which Liverpool haven’t been able to do for the last two years, he’ll be fine too. That’s where the extra dimension.
Stuart Pearce was on commentary duty for talkSPORT as Liverpool made a big statement in the Community Shield, and was seriously impressed with the staggering options of Nunez and Jurgen Klopp going forward.
So much so that he is tipping the Reds to win the Premier League title this season.
“Nunez, I was certainly impressed with him before his move to Liverpool, but in today’s display he had real impact, good energy, he will provide more movement behind,” said the ex-Man City boss.
“He gave Liverpool a different dimension.
“Liverpool have had wonderful options all over the pitch, they have had movement and pace, but in Nunez they now have someone who plays at team point, who is happy to run behind, who has a physical presence. He just offers them something different on top of everything they already have.
“They’ve got a front three that’s got pace, power, can run behind, take the ball and come up against you, and then you’ve got Jota outside of that, and he’s just been brilliant and moved up a level since then. his Wolves days, and Firmino who also gives you a different kind of attacking option.
“Before the game people were writing Liverpool, but after watching them for 90 minutes with Nunez, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz in form, you think ‘Wow’.
“Just…wow, they have so many options.” If Liverpool can keep things tight at the back, for me I think they will win the division this season.