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Jurgen Klopp reveals Darwin Nunez’s performances against Liverpool convinced him to sign striker

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Jurgen Klopp reveals Darwin Nunez’ performances for Benfica against Liverpool last season made him ‘fall in love’ with striker before signing him

  • Jurgen Klopp was impressed with Darwin Nunez’s performance against Liverpool
  • Nunez scored twice against Liverpool in the Champions League last season
  • These performances persuaded Klopp that signing Nunez was the right option

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Darwin Nunez’s performances for Benfica against Liverpool last season convinced him to sign the striker.

Klopp was already fully aware of Nunez’s quality but was hugely impressed with the Uruguayan’s performances in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Although Liverpool eventually reached the last four, Nunez further cemented his reputation by scoring in both legs.

Jurgen Klopp was hugely impressed with Darwin Nunez’s performance against Liverpool

Klopp says Nunez's displays against Liverpool convinced him to sign striker

Klopp says Nunez’s displays against Liverpool convinced him to sign striker

It made it clear to Klopp that he needed to sign Nunez and a £64m deal was finally finalized last month.

Talk to Liverpool official websiteKlopp said: “It was extremely impressive when he played in front of us.

“When you prepare Benfica, you know right down to the shoe size – we know absolutely everything about an opponent, so we know exactly how good Darwin is.

“It was not clear if he would play because he was coming back from internationals, in the first game. It was clear he was really good. But when you see it live, it was really impressive.

Nunez joined Liverpool last month and has now tied himself to the club for pre-season

Nunez joined Liverpool last month and has now tied himself to the club for pre-season

Klopp added that Nunez’s variation in play, including his combination of strength and skill, was hugely appealing to Liverpool.

He continued: “The power and the confusion with the technique, the desire, the smart moves, the problems he caused us. We all fell in love with these two games. A very aggressive South American, that’s a good thing!

“It was a real joy to watch him and so when we realized we had a good chance of signing him, we were all in and we’re really happy he’s here now.”

Liverpool were eager to add to their attacking options with Sadio Mane having joined from Bayern Munich.

Nunez scored 34 goals in 41 appearances for Benfica last season in all competitions and Liverpool are hoping he can have a major impact on English football.

The 23-year-old has traveled with the Liverpool side to Thailand for the first of their pre-season tour and he will be determined to impress.

As well as Nunez, Liverpool have also signed youngsters Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho from Aberdeen and Fulham respectively.

Liverpool face Manchester United in their first pre-season game on Tuesday.

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