Chris Sutton explains how Liverpool target Darwin Nunez can live with £85m price tag | Soccer

Darwin Nunez being chased by Liverpool

Darwin Nunez being chased by Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool’s goal Darwin Nunez would prove well worth his ‘high’ price of £85m if he could give Jurgen Klopp’s side the ‘advantage’ in crisis scenarios.

The Reds are reportedly ready to break their transfer record to sign the 22-year-old from Benfica, with the player reportedly having agreed personal terms with the Merseyside club.

Nunez had an excellent 2021/22 season for the Portuguese club, scoring 34 goals across all competitions, including six in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp could change his attack for next season

Jurgen Klopp could change his attack for next season (Image: Getty Images)

Liverpool came close to securing an unprecedented quadruple last season, having won both domestic cup competitions but lost them Manchester City in the title race and conceded a defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Former Celtic striker Sutton was impressed by Nunez’s aerial prowess and believes his aerial skills would prove useful for the Reds, particularly given the performances of full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

“At 6ft 2in and 80kg (12.8lb) he’s a handful for any defender and it was his header goal against Ajax that propelled Benfica into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. That could be a useful addition for Liverpool,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“Nobody produced more crosses in the Premier League last season than Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson wasn’t far behind his pal.

“Against teams who defend deep – and try that tactic a lot when you go to Anfield – you need someone to challenge when those balls come into the box.

“When Liverpool drew 1-1 with Tottenham last month, they crossed the ball 46 times – the most teams in a single game during the 2021-22 season – and 46 times it didn’t go past Hugo Lloris.

“Liverpool lost two points as a result. How expensive that was. They finished a point behind Premier League champions Manchester City. They lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid as they failed to beat Thibaut Courtois.

“They won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup but didn’t score in either of those finals against Chelsea, relying on penalties to prevail.

“If Nunez can come in and give Liverpool that advantage in those scenarios, Jurgen Klopp will find it worth his high cost.”

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