Trent Alexander-Arnold must be delighted with Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.
The Liverpool right-back is one of the best crossers in the game, but has rarely had a target like Nunez to hit.
If Liverpool can get the deal for the 22-year-old over the line, Alexander-Arnold could be a big beneficiary in that respect.
At 6’2″, Nunez is comfortably taller than any of Liverpool’s current forwards. Although Trent doesn’t tend to have trouble picking out his teammates, the presence of a big target in the box will surely make life easier.
Measuring up against Diogo
Nunez scored six headed goals for Benfica in 2021/22. Somewhat remarkably, this is the same amount as Diogo Jota managed at Liverpool.
The Portuguese stands considerably shorter than Nunez. However, his movement in the penalty box and quality with his head make him a real danger in the air.
If Liverpool can snare Nunez though, Alexander-Arnold won’t need to be quite so clever with his crossing. Stick the ball into the mixer and let the Uruguayan attack it. His height and power will allow him to get the better of many-a-defender.
Working alongside one of the best crossers in world football, expect Nunez’s headed goals to increase next season.
Breaking down the low-blocks
Of course, Liverpool have more sophisticated methods of attack, and Darwin will be expected to heavily contribute to these, too.
But when faced with a low-block Liverpool can sometimes freeze. No goals in three cup finals this season also suggests a slightly different line of attack is needed.
With Nunez’s quality in the air and Trent’s irrepressible desire to assist, Liverpool could now be about to find a more direct way to goal.
It still isn’t a done deal with Benfica. But as other Liverpool players have commented on their club’s pursuit of Nunez, Alexander-Arnold will no doubt be watching on with keen interest as well.