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Liverpool FC: Is Darwin Nunez The Perfect Signing?

Darwin Nunez to Liverpool FC might just be the perfect signing for a squad that is looking to push on from a season that saw them come closer to winning a quadruple than any team in history. Why? Here’s W…oh, wait…can’t use that, that’s Simon Miller’s schtick. Anyway, allow me to explain.

Liverpool FC’s greatest strength over the past five years has been the front three of Mane, Firmino, and Salah. Oh, don’t get me wrong, adding the likes of Allison Becker and Big Virgil has turned Liverpool FC into—arguably—the greatest team in the world today, but no matter how brilliant your base is, you don’t win jack without scoring goals and between the three they have managed an incredible 328 combined goals in 731 appearances.

That’s f*cking mind-boggling.

It is the power of this trio that has helped fire Liverpool to their first title in 30 years, seen them pick up one Champions League victory and appear in a total of three finals in that time, as well as win the FA Cup and League Cup and be the only team in the COUNTRY that can push Man City to the wire each year.

Face it, love them or hate them, without Liverpool FC and their deadly front three, the PL would’ve been about as interesting as when Man Utd dominated throughout the 90s and most of the 00s.

But, time and tide wait for no man, and everything has a shelf life and that seems to be what’s happening with the Dynamic Trio. Firmino seems to spend most of his time injured these days, Salah hasn’t been the same since the AFCON, and Mane—though humble—seems to have tired of playing second fiddle to King Mo who—let us not forget—most people were calling the greatest player in the world until he went off with Egypt in January.

The way I see it, this cycle is over. Firmino will be allowed to run down his contract and go wherever he chooses, Mane will head to Bayern so he has the chance to stand alone as a world-class forward, and Salah will wait for the next 12 months to run down, before moving to Barcelona. This is what I believe will happen and it should fill Liverpool fans with fear.

Or should it?

Never one to sit on his laurels, Klopp saw how much of a talent Diogo Jota was and grabbed him for a cut-price £40 million from Wolves in 2020. He followed this up by buying Luiz Diaz from Porto in January of this year for £60 million. This was obviously a move to make sure that Liverpool wouldn’t be left floundering when Firmino, Mane, and Salah decided they needed new challenges, and both the aforementioned have made brilliant starts to their Liverpool careers, with Jota scoring 24 times in 54 appearances and Diaz—who, let us not forget, has only been a Liverpool player since last January—managing 6 in 26. And now they’re being linked with Darwin Nunez. And I think the rest of the Premier League should be very afraid if that deal goes through.

Everyone has been banging on about the Erling Haaland to Man City transfer, and rightly so. Halland is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most unique talent that we’ve seen since Messi danced his way into everyone’s consciousness all those years ago and I’m not about to sit here and tell you that I don’t think he’s going to have a massive impact on the PL. I’m stupid—I’m not that stupid. But all these naysayers that are claiming that Man City now has the PL title wrapped up for the duration of his contract seem to miss the big picture.

If – and at the time of writing, it’s still a big IF – Liverpool sign Darwin Nunez, it’s a game-changer. And I’ll explain why. First off, a front line of Jota, Diaz, and Nunez will be 25, 25, and 22 respectively. This means that not one of them is even close to being in their prime and yet if you look at the stats, they’re all going to bring a shed load of goals and assists without being in top gear. Plus, they’re all going to improve each season. Secondly, Klopp isn’t stupid. He will allow Nunez the time he needs to adjust to life in the PL. It’s not everyone who can hit the ground running in the most exciting and competitive league in the world—Diaz is just a freak—and with Mo Salah already announcing that he will be with the club for the next season, it allows him to use Nunez when and where he sees fit, allowing him to get up to speed at his own pace.

Remember when everyone laughed at the fact that Liverpool paid nearly £40 million for Fabinho and then didn’t play him for what seemed like forever? Yeah, how’d you like a £40 million price tagged Fabinho in your squad right now?

Also, you have the fact that all three players have cut their teeth in the Portuguese League, are all around the same age, and all speak the same language which is still important for any player moving to a new country. There is no way, and I mean no way, that you can convince me that those factors aren’t as important as their abilities on the pitch.

As I said, this is, at the time of writing, just speculation on my part and until we know one way or another if it’s true then it’s all hearsay. After all, Man Utd and Newcastle are among a host of clubs that are interested in the 22-year-old, so he could still feasibly end up anywhere. But if it is true and Liverpool does sign Darwin Nunez, then the rest of the PL should be s*itting itself. There are goals in dem there boys, and years and years ahead of them in which to prove that they’re good enough to be considered among the greatest front three’s of all time.

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West).

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