Rich people’s problems. This is what Jürgen Klopp should (still) face throughout the 2022-2023 season at the head of Liverpool. It’s saying a lot in terms of the quality of the players making up the German technician’s squad, particularly in the attacking sector, reinforced by the arrival of Darwin Núñez, recruited for €75m (excluding bonuses) at Benfica. If Divock Origi left the club freely and Sadio Mané should quickly go to Bayern Munich, we must not forget that there are still Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Luis Díaz, but also Takumi Minamino or the young Harvey Elliott from the Anfield side.
Towards an attacking trio Salah-Núñez-Díaz
Frustrated by the failure in the Champions League final against Real Madrid and the Reds’ place as runner-up in the Premier League behind Manchester City, but also motivated by the arrival of Cyborg Erling Haaland at Cityzens, Jürgen Klopp wants to achieve all the possible peaks. The former Borussia Dortmund coach knows that this requires a well-oiled collective, in which the new flagship rookie of the Liverpuldiens Darwin Núñez should have no trouble blending in. Able to play in all positions in front, the Uruguayan international (11 caps, 2 goals) should occupy the front of the Mersey club’s attack next year in Liverpool’s unremovable 4-3-3.
Taking into account the probable departure of Mané, at the end of the contract in June 2023, as well as the recent performances of the players of the English team, the Uruguayan should logically be associated with Mohamed Salah, on the right, and Luis Díaz, who has impressed since arriving from Porto last January. Accustomed to evolving at the forefront, the Celestial striker should therefore not be too out of place at this level. On the other hand, he will have to adapt to the system of play of the Reds and to the demanding demands of Jürgen Klopp, in particular in the intensity of the efforts and the pressing.
A talented, generous and ideal player for Liverpool’s style
But here too, Darwin Núñez, extremely generous on the meadow, shouldn’t have too much trouble taking the fold. It is probably no coincidence that Klopp has set his sights on him, somewhat in the continuity of the recruitment of the Colombian last winter. Endowed with a very complete profile, Núñez has above all great qualities of speed and rapidity, proving to be formidable in the transition phases. This is good, it is precisely a situation that the Reds are fond of and in which, in the offensive phase, they like to hurt their opponents very badly.
The aforementioned versatility of the native of Artigas, which will also allow him to swap easily with the rest of the trio when the game demands it, but also his technique and his ball-to-foot ability are assets that make Darwin Núñez leave little room to doubt as to his ability to adapt to the style of the reigning European vice-champion, first of all, but above all to the English championship in general. The finishing qualities of the now ex-serial scorer for the Lisbon club, author of 34 goals this season, brilliant in particular against Liverpool in the Champions League, are no longer really to be presented. His integration into the machine that is the Reds promises.