Darwin Nunez, rookie to Liverpool for £ 85 million, is the wrong deal for “The Kop” in the context that they need a worthy replacement for Sadio Mane?
The attack is mixed, the fear of the “blockbuster” of the Nunez record becomes Andy Carroll 2.0
Darwin Nunez, rookie to Liverpool for £ 85 million, is the wrong deal for “The Kop” in the context that they need a worthy replacement of Sadio Mane? In the last 2021/22 season, although Liverpool won Chelsea in both the finals of the English League Cup and the FA Cup (both after the penalty shootout), they could hardly be happy when they only won the second place in the tournament. The two major arenas are the English Premier League 2023 and the Champions League.
However, in the third match for Liverpool, when coming on in the second half to replace Firmino, Nunez made an impressive poker shot (4 goals) to help the “Red Brigade” beat RB Leipzig 5-0 right in Germany. . Most recently, Nunez also opened fire in the English Super Cup, thereby helping Liverpool beat Man City 3-1 to win the first title of the new season.
The sublimation of Liverpool helps fans of this team have more faith in an explosive season with Klopp’s teachers and students. Although the “Big 6” group has experienced a tumultuous summer with strong makeovers from MU, Tottenham or Arsenal, it can be said that the stability of Liverpool, as well as Man City, is the most powerful weapon. of these two “big guys” in the race to win the Premier League. A team that also wants to challenge other opponents to compete for the throne of England is Arsenal. The London team has beaten Sevilla with 6 goals in the Emirates Cup. Although it is only a friendly tournament, it is clear that the performance of “Gunners” is very impressive.
Liverpool has monopolized the Community Shield 10 times (and shared the title five times) but they haven’t lifted the trophy since 2006. Jurgen Klopp’s side won two domestic championships last season at the 11m mark, but it was the penalty shootout that was the reason for the last 2 defeats for the Anfield team at the Super Cup matches, the most recent being in 2020 against Arsenal. Although it is a cup match, it seems that Liverpool will not take this match too seriously, because they will only have another friendly match against Strasbourg 24 hours after this match to train the players before the new season. Besides, Liverpool will not have both Alisson and Kelleher for the goalkeeper position, while Diogo Jota continues to be absent due to injury. However, the young Uruguayan striker is not allowed to be complacent when the real challenges in the Premier League 2023 have not yet come and this player can still follow in the “falling footsteps” from Andy Carroll before.
Meanwhile, Man City has theoretically completed a series of pre-season friendlies and fans have seen rookie Erling Haaland “open the door” to score in the US. They will actually still play a friendly against Barcelona at the end of the month but then the season has already begun, and Pep Guardiola hopes his players will get on the momentum as soon as possible due to the fierce competition that promises to come from nowhere. only Liverpool but also Tottenham and Arsenal. Remember, on the last day of the January 2011 transfer window, Liverpool spent £ 35 million to buy Andy Carroll from Newcastle United and made the striker the most expensive English player in history at that time. But after two and a half seasons playing for the red shirt team in Merseyside, the striker born in 1989 only scored 11 goals in 58 matches before being loaned out by “The Kop” and sold off to West Ham. Although Darwin Nunez has just “wet feet” to this club, but if he does not integrate with the whole team soon, the valuable young Uruguayan talent can become a “bomb” like Carroll at Anfield more than a decade ago.
Dreaming of usurping the throne of Man City, Liverpool will no longer often play 4-3-3?
Obviously, with no Mane left to combine with Firmino and Salah to create the “killer trio” like the past 6 years, Liverpool will have to adjust their attacking play. Newbie Darwin Nunez is often known as a classic “number 9”, where he scored 34 goals in 41 games last season in all competitions for Benfica. But obviously, the English Premier League 2023 (Premier League) has a competitive quality and a much higher level of difficulty than the Portuguese league (Primeira Liga). Nunez needs to learn from senior Firmino if he wants to integrate into the very physical Gegenpressing style of coach Jurgen Klopp.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan striker may have to often move wide, even drifting or backing deep to get the ball or make a wall for teammates to have a chance to finish, instead of “hanging” in the opponent’s penalty area. , where he will often face very classy and experienced opponent defenders.
With the arrival of Darwin Nunez, Liverpool may no longer play 4-3-3 like when it was Sadio Mane before. Instead, they can play with a 4-4-2 or even a 4-2-4 when rookies worth up to 85 million euros can play strikers with Roberto Firmino or Diogo Jota, while, the role of two-wing striker will belong to Luis Diaz (left wing) and Mohamed Salah (right wing). Last season, Liverpool only accepted to surrender to Man City in the race to win the Premier League 2023 when the final round ended when the two sides were only 1 point worse than each other (92 points compared to 93 points after 38 rounds).
This season, with the chaotic attack of “The Kop”, while coach Pep Guardiola’s army recruits both quality strikers Erling Haaland (from Dortmund) and Julian Alvarez (from River Plate), it will be difficult to Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students toppled the opponent’s Premier League throne, if Nunez did not integrate well and Salah lost the boom.