Darwin Nunez has comparable traits to former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, however might really be even sooner, based on one of many Uruguayan’s former coaches.

Nunez’s transfer from Benfica to Liverpool was confirmed on Tuesday, with the Portuguese club revealing the price to be £64million (€75m), with an additional £21.4m (€25m) in potential add-ons.

The 22-year-old loved a prolific 2021-22 season, discovering the web 34 instances in 41 video games in all competitions.

Torres, who performed for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, scored 81 objectives in 142 appearances for the Reds earlier than making a big-money transfer to rivals Chelsea, and at his peak was thought-about top-of-the-line strikers on the planet.

Comparisons have been made between Nunez and Torres, with comparable statures and explosiveness, and former Almeria assistant manager David Badia believes the previous is definitely the faster of the 2.

Badia labored with Nunez in the course of the 2019-20 season within the Spanish second tier, with the striker bagging 16 objectives in 32 league video games for Almeria earlier than a €24m transfer to Benfica.

Talking to Stats Carry out, Badia stated of the comparability with Torres: “After all, Fernando is a Spanish man, [so] I’ll defend him, however I believe that Darwin is slightly bit sooner than him.

“When Darwin has the possession of the ball, he’s an excellent player, he can management the ball, he can defend the ball.

“Perhaps Fernando [was] doing the identical actions at slightly bit decrease velocity, that is also good as a result of you’ll be able to do many different issues, however for my part, Darwin can do the performs sooner.”

Badia additionally outlined Nunez’s traits that ought to make him a really perfect slot in Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.

He added: “I believe it’s the mixture of many issues.

“It’s not only only one factor that he has, but when I’ve to say one thing among the many others – it’s the change of the tempo that he has, and the velocity that he can preserve over a lengthy distance.

“He can preserve this velocity for 30, 35, 40 metres, after which when he arrives on the finish of a transfer he can end it contained in the field.”

Klopp commonly refers to his gamers as “mentality monsters”, and Badia is definite Nunez will slot in at Anfield in that respect as nicely, mentioning how the player got here again from critical knee points early on in his profession.

“100% [he has the mentality],” he added. “I believe he had one of many worst accidents {that a} player can have when he was 16 or 17 years outdated. And after that he turned stronger.

“It’s crucial when a player has these accidents that he can develop himself and preserve working to have this character, this mentality.

“I believe the mentality he has, the ambition he has and the main focus he’s having by the years, he’s working for that.

“If there’s one coach that may enhance the gamers, that one is the coach of Liverpool [Klopp]. Ultimately, I believe he’s in top-of-the-line eventualities, or perhaps the perfect workforce on the planet proper now the place he can preserve enhancing, and I believe that he nonetheless has a good distance to enhance.”



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