According to recent reports, Liverpool have submitted their opening offer for Benfica star man Darwin Nunez. The Merseyside club have submitted a €100M proposal (€80M plus €20M in add-ons), and the Portuguese team are seriously considering the offer.

Darwin Nunez puts the ball past Alisson Becker.

In recent seasons, Liverpool have built up a reputation of being very calculative and effective in the transfer market. With the help of top club officials, the Reds have been able to identify players that will suit Jurgen Klopp’s style. Effective deals like Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Thiago Alacantara, to name a few.

So why would Liverpool be willing to spend up to a €100M on a young and unproven striker?

Don’t Know Darwin Nunez?

The Uruguayan started his professional career with Penarol in Uruguay. He made a “big-move” to Almeria in 2019, and was sold a year later to Benfica after bagging 16 league goals for the Spanish side. His move to Benfica has been successful so far. 32 league goals in 57 matches, coupled with a noteworthy 2021/22 UEFA Champions League campaign for Benfica.

Why Klopp Wants Darwin Nunez

Darwin Núñez is a distinctive figure on any football pitch. His athletic frame – upright in posture, defined in shape, rangy – is his distinguishing feature. Not only does it differentiate, it disrupts and dominates, too.

Liverpool have one of the best attacks in Europe. However, with a player like Sadio Mane leaving, The Reds want a striker with physicality like Darwin Nunez. Jurgen Klopp will be going back to the classic 4-3-3 with a striker like Nunez, while having other false-nine options in Diogo Jota and Bobby Firmino.

Liverpool submit proposal for Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez is also very capable of flowing with fluid players like Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah. Divock Origi lacked that attribute and that played a part in the amount of minutes he could get under Klopp.

With Manchester City signing Erling Haaland, Klopp recognises that there will be games that a physical striker will thrive better than smooth operators like Diogo Jota and Firmino. The Reds simply do not want to lose more ground to Manchester City when it comes to squad options.