Klopp: Nunez and Liverpool will prove to be an ideal match
Jurgen Klopp has outlines the qualities he believes new Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez will bring to the club.
The 22-year-old striker was unveiled on Tuesday after completing his move to the Reds for an initial £64million fee that could potentially rise to £85m depending on add-ons.
Nunez has signed a six-year contract at Anfield, as a replacement for Sadio Mane who is expected to join Bayern Munich this summer.
Comparisons to Erling Haaland will be inevitable next season, after the Norwegian’s move to Manchester City, but Klopp is confident that Nunez and Liverpool will prove to be an ideal match.
“This is super news, really super news,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “I’m very grateful to everyone at the club for making it happen. We’ve shown decisiveness and ambition in equal measure.
“Darwin is a wonderful player; already really good but so much potential to get even better. That’s why it’s so exciting, to be honest. His age, his desire, his hunger to be even better than he currently is. His belief in our project and what we are looking to do as a club.
“He is as excited by us as we are by him, which makes for a great relationship, when you appreciate each other’s strengths. That is certainly the case here. He thinks we suit him and we believe he is the right fit for us – so let’s do it.
“He has all the pieces we look for. He can set a tempo, he brings energy, he can threaten space from central and wide areas. He is aggressive and dynamic with his movement.
“He plays without fear, he’s powerful. I know he will excite our supporters.”
Nunez arrives at Liverpool after a season in which he scored 34 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions for Benfica, including one against the Reds at Anfield in the Champions League quarter-finals.