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'I was surprised': Guti explains the kind of 'powerful' player Darwin Nunez will be

A former manager of Darwin Nunez, Real Madrid legend Guti, explained what kind of player he truly is. The striker is linked with Liverpool.

It certainly seems that Darwin Nunez will be a Liverpool player before long. Benfica have already confirmed the sale – it just needs to officially go through on the Reds’ end.

With any luck, that’s this week and Liverpool will have someone who could eventually become their record signing. Per the Athletic, they’ll pay around £85m if all add-ons come to fruition. That would take Nunez past Virgil van Dijk as the most expensive investment in the club’s history.

So what would Liverpool actually get for all of that money? Nunez’s former manager at Almería, Guti, tried to explain the player to El Chiringuito in Spain. [Translation per Sport Witness]

“He was a kid when I had him; [Nunez] has certainly matured over the years,” said Guti. “He’s a pure striker, he’s very good in the box. He’s very quick, very powerful, and he’s good in front of goal.

“It’s still a bit difficult for him to create a link-up when he’s not in the box, but I think he has a great future.

“At the time, I was surprised that no Spanish club, after the good season he had at Almeria, did not look at him, and he went to Benfica.”

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The kind of player Darwin Nunez is

It really is an interesting one, this. Nunez, as Guti says, isn’t the same kind of forward that Liverpool have been used to under Jurgen Klopp. He’s more of a physical threat and a player who thrives in the box.

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In a lot of ways, he’s actually the replacement for Divock Origi – just in a more prominent role.

But Nunez’s link-up play is the only real ‘concern’. He’s not going to drop back the way Roberto Firmino does, nor Sadio Mané. He’ll instead want to lead the line in a more traditional way – and that could bring change at Liverpool.

We think the result will be attacking midfielders perhaps finding more space and thriving a bit more. Clubs don’t pay this kind of money only to ask the player to change their game too much, after all. Liverpool will want Nunez playing his best game and that means adapting to him as much as he adapts to the squad.

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