Data suggests that Liverpool are onto a fierce partnership with Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz. The Reds invested heavily in the pair.
Liverpool have gone all-in on the future of their forward line in 2022. They spent big on Luis Diaz back in January, bringing him in from FC Porto. The Reds then went back to Portugal for Darwin Nunez, signing him from Benfica in what could be a club-record transfer.
And so these two are the players Liverpool have gone for as they look to rebuild their forward line. Sadio Mané is gone, after all, and Roberto Firmino’s contract expires in 2023. Nunez and Diaz kind of has to work.
Data, though, suggests it will and that Liverpool might be onto something special here. If the two click, Nunez and Diaz could be absolutely devastating together.
The Nunez and Diaz partnership
Diaz was a revelation on joining Liverpool in January as he slotted into things perfectly. Nothing shows this better than how often he was involved in creating a chance for the team.
Using data from FBref, we can see that Diaz was involved in creating a shot on goal 4.6 times per 90 in the Premier League. That is incredibly high – only Trent Alexander-Arnold did it more often for Liverpool.
He does that through passing, through having shots of his own and through dribbling. Diaz is a creative machine, carving out opportunities galore for teammates.
And that bodes particularly well for Nunez. The Uruguayan was a world-class finisher last season, scoring 32 goals across Liga Portugal and the Champions League. His stats in Europe’s premier competition standout, of course.
As we detailed here, Nunez converted his goals at a world-class rate. The striker scored six times in the Champions League, one of 11 players to do so. Of those 11, only Robert Lewandowski, Christopher Nkunku and Sebastian Haller boasted a better conversation rate than Nunez’s 31%.
That’s a wonderful pairing with Diaz, then. The two of them should complement one another perfectly, especially if Nunez fits in well. We’d expect him to only improve, too, given he’s still only 23 – his finishing should only get better.
We’re confident that this can be a sensational partnership. Let them gel together and improve under Jurgen Klopp and the pair of them can take over the Premier League.