Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged the club to sign striker Darwin Nunez while he was at Benfica, according to The Independent.
Back over the summer, the Reds secured the signing of the 23-year-old attacker in a deal worth an initial £64m.
Negotiations appeared to progress very quickly, with the Uruguayan clearly identified as a major target for the Merseyside outfit.
As per The Independent’s report, it has now been revealed that it was Klopp who wanted Nunez at Liverpool.
Having initially pushed for his transfer, the German is the reason the forward is now at Anfield.
This illustrates the increased control Klopp has at the club, having previously relied on Michael Edwards to identify transfer targets.
Klopp wanted Nunez at Anfield
Although he has faced criticism since joining the club, Nunez has shown huge promise in a Reds shirt.
Thus far this season, the Uruguay international has bagged five goals and two assists in the Premier League. This also follows three goals in six Champions League fixtures – highlighting a strong goalscoring record at the top level of football.
However, it is what Nunez also brings on the pitch which makes him so special.
Possessing incredible pace and huge brute strength, the 23-year-old causes absolute chaos for teams’ defences.
He is extremely hard to mark, making life for the rest of Liverpool’s attack far easier.
There is always the option to send the ball in behind the opposition’s back-line, so all Klopp needs now are more midfielders who are going to exploit this tactic.