Jurgen Klopp is known as a top coach, and one of his best qualities is picking the right players for his team. Klopp has led Liverpool with great success for many years. With his arrival, the “Reds” returned to the top of English and world football and became one of the most important teams on the Old Continent.
The German specialist brought top players to Anfield, some of whom were considered by many not good enough for Liverpool, but soon became big stars and key players in the ranks of the Merseysiders. Just consider the example of Mohamed Salah, who revived his career at Anfield and became one of the best players.
For the most part, Klopp has full support, and rightly so, but his latest transfer move this summer has not pleased the club’s management. It is about the Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunes, who was taken for 100 million euros plus additional bonuses from Benfica.
He was one of the top goalscorers in Europe last season, scoring 34 goals for Benfica, and Klopp felt he was exactly the man he needed in attack following the sale of Sadio Mane.
Núñez began his career at Atlético Peñarol. His talent was recognized by Spanish club Almeria, where he played before signing with Benfica. Barcelona were said to have wanted to sign him while he was playing for Almeria for eight million euros, but in the end the Catalans settled on the cheaper option, Luc de Jong, who was on loan from Sevilla. Núñez became the third Uruguayan in history to play for Liverpool after Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez.
Although he has only been in England for less than three months, Núñez has endured fierce criticism. He played a total of five games, scoring two goals with one assist, but in Round 2 against Crystal Palace he headed an opposing defender and received a three-match ban, ruling him out of Klopp’s accounts for games against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle.
He returned last weekend and played 80 minutes against Everton but was ineffective.
His performance in the Champions League against Napoli, where he played just 28 minutes, was also not up to par.
The Island claim that Liverpool’s management are unhappy as they see the signing of Darwin as the most glaring mistake in Klopp’s transfer business.
They believe he has no level and that €100 million was too much to pay for him because of the cognitive abilities Darwin has in training and in matches.
His South American temperament does not fit in with Klopp’s working methods and the discipline to which the German has always been committed, but the famous coach still believes that Nunez will pay off in the end and that the money has not been wasted.