Darwin Nunez to Liverpool: Uruguayan striker offers a new dimension as front-line evolution continues

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Benfica ahead of an £85m move for Darwin Nunez; Uruguayan striker scored 34 goals in 41 games for the Portuguese side last season; his signing will continue the evolution of Jurgen Klopp’s attack

The evolution of Liverpool’s front line continues.

It began with the £45m addition of Diogo Jota in 2020. Next was Luis Diaz at £49m last January. Now it is Darwin Nunez, soon to be the club’s most expensive ever signing at £85m from Benfica.

Jurgen Klopp is overseeing a process of renewal in attack. His early successes came with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane either side of Roberto Firmino, but all three players, aged 30, 30 and 29 respectively, could conceivably be gone by next summer.

Mane is expected to be first to depart as his move to Bayern Munich draws closer, while Firmino, like Salah, is entering the final year of his contract. Liverpool supporters still hope to see Salah sign a new deal but Firmino’s days are surely numbered.

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The players charged with taking on the mantle are on average six years younger and, as happened with Salah, Mane and Firmino, Liverpool will hope they will hit their peaks while at Anfield.

The trio’s relative youthfulness – Jota and Diaz are 25 while Nunez is 22 – changes the age profile of the Liverpool squad but Nunez is unique among them in the sense that his attributes could also allow Klopp’s side to diversify the way in which they play.

Nunez is a modern No 9 who stands at 6ft 1ins, with an imposing frame which marks him out from Liverpool’s other forwards.

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