If his difficult preseason debut, in a 4-0 loss against Man Utdbegan to cast doubt on the adaptation of Darwin Nunez in Liverpool, this Thursday the Uruguayan was in charge of emphatically clearing them. This afternoon, the striker made his entrance onto the pitch against RB Leipzig at the beginning of the second half, with the result 1-0 in favor. By the time the referee blew the final whistle, Núñez had scored four more goalsconfirming that he has plenty to offer the Reds’ unstoppable offensive machine.
Such a performance is not enough to draw conclusions about what impact it will have on the Premier League, but it does keep expectations high for the star addition of those led by Jürgen Klopp. The English team disbursed no less than 75 million euros to Benficawith another 25 million in variables, which if activated would make him the most expensive player in the history of the institution. And he will have to supply a true legend Scouse in Sadio Manewhich was sold to Bayern Munich for 30 million after six years of constant success.
The compact of the Liverpool win
Nunez has only 23 yearsbut the journey he had to take to reach the top of European football was long and complicated. At the age of 17, he suffered a torn ligament. that delayed its debut in a year Penarol. Only in 2018 did he begin to have sustained filming in the team, but it would not last long in his native Uruguay either; after 4 goals in 22 games, he landed in Europe in mid-2019, precisely in Almeriaof the Spanish second division.
It was in Andalusia where the striker from Artigas had his first great season in professional football. Their 16 goals in 30 matches led the rojiblancos to fourth place in League 2, although a defeat against Girona in the playoffs They indicated that it was not enough to return to the top flight. However, his great form and fast toe profile, starting from the left and finishing with his great first touch, caught the interest of benficathat disbursed 24 million to become the most expensive sale in the division’s history.
Núñez’s first course in Lisbon was not easy. Between adapting to the pressures of a club of the magnitude of Benfica, a very early elimination in the qualifying phases of the Champions League and Covid-19, the striker was unable to replicate the numbers that had justified his investment. He was unable to make his network debut until the end of October. and finished the season with just six goals, but added scoring chance creation to his game, racking up ten assists.
It was in the last season that the Uruguayan had his explosion. Under the orders first of George Jesus and after interim Nelson Veríssimo, Núñez signed his best numbers in European football, contributing 26 goals in just 28 games in the Primeira Liga, although his team equaled his previous position in third place. However, his campaign Champions League made the entire European elite take note: he dispatched Barcelona in the group stage, scoring a brace in a 3-0 home winand then his goal against Ajax He gave his team qualification to the quarterfinals.
That instance would be the maximum that Benfica would reach that season, but without first putting nothing less than Liverpool on the ropes. His performance in the series, in which he scored a goal in each match, even drew praise from Jurgen Klopprival DT: “He is their most dangerous man, he is a good striker, a top player.. Before us he engaged in tough battles with Ibou (Ibrahima Konaté) and he proved to be physically very strong, but he is also quick and calm when it comes to defining”.
That crossing was ultimately key to promoting their arrival in the English north. His fans are excited about a new Uruguayan striker at Anfield after the enormous step of Luis Suarez, today Darwin’s teammate in the national team and, in the near future, his successor in the Uruguayan forward. The significant amount paid by the club will make the spotlight and the weight of expectations follow him wherever he goes, but in that friendly against Leipzig he showed that he will not be carried away by outside noise. And in a season that also marked the arrival of Erling Haland a Manchester CityLiverpool’s main competitor in England, showed that he can’t wait for the next challenge.