After a season marred by injuries, Jurgen Klopp now has a full complement of attacking talent at his disposal. Darwin Nunez is now vying for a starting spot after Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz returned.
Due to Jurgen Klopp’s comments suggesting a preference for specific players among his forward ranks, Darwin Nunez will have to compete for a spot in the Liverpool team next season.
Since joining Liverpool for £85 million from Benfica, Nunez has started 19 Premier League games and contributed nine goals. The 23-year-old hasn’t played 90 minutes in a game since February, but with the recent injury recoveries of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, his playing time has decreased.
Despite having a good eye for goal in his first season at the club, the Reds’ record signing has played more due to the high number of injuries sustained by those around him. The Uruguayan has frequently been forced to play both in a more natural central position and in a left-wing role due to long-term injuries to players like Jota and Diaz.
Cody Gakpo also joined the team in January, adding another player to the mix and giving Klopp strong depth in the forward positions.
With Diaz returning from a lengthy injury layoff, their return to full strength started with a 6-1 victory at Leeds. This victory launched a run of six consecutive victories that motivated a late-season push for the top four spots.
In an interview with the club’s official website, Klopp discussed Diaz’s return and his affection for the Colombian winger. He described the player as being “so football smart, moving in the right areas, naturally defending from his position, goal threat, speed, and cheeky.”. I have to say, he’s a very, very special player. We really missed him. “.
Klopp continued to talk about how he had missed some players and how happy he was to see them again. He did, however, allude to Nunez having a “difficult” position because he was a “finisher” as opposed to a creative player like those around him.
“We missed Diogo Jota as well; everyone realized how good he is when he returned. “Klopp went on. Given that Darwin is new and Bobby (Firmino) has a few minor injuries, it is obviously very challenging to join a team, especially if you are the situation finisher. The other boys need to create in a variety of situations because we didn’t or couldn’t make ourselves clear enough.
There are a few reasons for our predicament, but you have to accept reality and make the best of it, just like you do in football. “.
Even though Nunez has played fewer minutes this season, Jota and Firmino have each produced four more assists than Nunez (three). Gakpo, who joined from PSV in January, has also been able to match Nunez’s total goals, but only Mohamed Salah can surpass his nine Premier League goals, even though Firmino has played fewer games than Salah.
Liverpool is prepared to spend £120 million on two midfielders and has made inquiries about a third
According to The Mirror’s John Richardson, Liverpool is “ready” to make a £70 million offer for Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister and is also confident of acquiring Chelsea’s Mason Mount for £50 million.
Although talks between the player and the Reds are reportedly “a long way down the line,” they are also “favorites” for Mount:. Both Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Mac Allister.
Fans reacted, saying it was “unexpected,” “sign him,” and “that’s a good price,” as Romano confirmed Liverpool are looking at a £39 million-rated Ligue One star.
It’s thought that manager Jurgen Klopp is content to spend the funds on Mac Allister and Mount rather than Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund.
Vice-captain James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita are just a few of the players who will be leaving Anfield at the end of June, necessitating a significant overhaul of Liverpool’s midfield.
By adding Mac Allister and Mount, the pitch will unquestionably be strengthened there. Their recruitment efforts might not end there, though. Additionally, according to The Mirror, Aurelien Tchouameni has been the subject of inquiries; however, Real Madrid has turned them down. The Reds will likely look at alternative moves now that acquiring the Frenchman is off the table.