Benfica superstar Darwin Nunez has sparked excitement amongst Liverpool fans by liking a social media picture praising Jurgen Klopp’s relationship along with his players. The Uruguayan is ready to be certainly one of the most popular prospects on the summer transfer market once the window swings open in a number of weeks’ time, and the Reds could throw their hat into the ring with Benfica weighing up whether to money in.
Liverpool have first-hand experience of Nunez’s talent as he scored home and away of their recent Champions League quarter-final. His exploits haven’t been limited to Europe either, having struck 26 league goals in Portugal this campaign.
After the two-legged European clash, Klopp was not shy in praising the 22-year-old. “A particularly good looking boy eh?” said the German. “He’s a extremely good boy – he played in front of me battling against [Ibrahima] Konate. He was calm for the finish. He is sweet, really good. If he stays healthy, he has an enormous profession ahead of him.”
Reds fans have cottoned on to recent social media activity by Nunez, after he liked an image of the Liverpool boss embracing Thiago Alcantara with the caption: “Klopp hugging his players [heart emoji].” Although it is not much, some have interpreted it as a subtle ‘come and get me’ plea.
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With a quoted price of £67million, the Reds hierarchy will surely have to offer the move loads of thought. Even so, a very optimistic fan, BaronThundergoose, responded to the photo on Reddit by saying: “Within the bag.”
While some others identified that Klopp already has a range headache with five top-class forwards to pick from, Jaja6996 responded: “[Divock] Origi is leaving and I’d probably expect Takumi Minamino also and it’s possible certainly one of [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane or Bobby [Firmino] doesn’t extend so it’s not like we don’t have reasons to be a forward.”
Nunez is clearly an admirer of the relationships Klopp maintains along with his players, and the German is usually lauded for the devastating unit he has created on Merseyside. As recently as Saturday evening, Tottenham boss Antonio Conte praised his Liverpool counterpart by claiming that he had created a ‘monster’.
The Italian was in a positive enough mood to commend his rival after earning a precious point at Anfield which boosted their prospects of clinching fourth spot. Klopp, meanwhile, hit out at Spurs’ negative game plan after the 1-1 draw made an enormous dent in his side’s prospects of winning the Premier League title and an historic Quadruple this season.
“I might love to take a seat here and say yes, City will drop points,” he said. “The one problem is I cannot see it. That is the issue. I wish I might think in a different way about it, just I am unable to see it.
“But we are going to see what happens. My problem in the intervening time shouldn’t be whether City smash Newcastle, but that we play on Tuesday against Aston Villa and we’ve not yet won that game.”