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Darwin Núñez sends heartfelt message to Jürgen Klopp after former Liverpool boss' exit

Darwin Núñez is interviewed in Uruguay.
-Credit: (Image: Polideportivo)


Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez has sent a heartfelt message to former manager Jürgen Klopp after the German's Anfield exit last weekend putting an end to over-analyzed suggestions that he wasn't clapping the former Reds boss during his guard of honor because of some sort of feud.

Núñez deleted any images involving Liverpool from his Instagram page a couple of weeks ago and was then caught on camera not clapping Klopp after the final match of the season, though videos from inside the Reds' dressing room later painted a different story of the pair's relationship. Incoming Liverpool boss Arne Slot is planning on having Núñez in his squad for 2024/25.

"We were all a little shocked by Klopp’s departure, no one expected it. It is a shame that he is leaving," Núñez told Polideportivo earlier today. "I personally would like him to [have left] in a big way, winning things, and it didn’t happen that way. It’s also a shame for the players. I wish him the best in the world."

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No Liverpool player made more appearances for the Reds than Núñez last season in all competitions and while the Uruguayan missed a lot of big chances, he also netted 18 times and provided another 13 assists. It would not take a huge change in how clinical he is in front of goal to unlock another level of his game.

With a new head coach meaning a fresh start for a number of players and a clean slate when it comes to the pecking order, a good summer will be vital for Núñez to ensure he starts the next campaign as the first choice number nine. Liverpool already has Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota as excellent alternatives and could dip into the transfer market to add more depth too.

Liverpool.com says: Núñez needs to kick on again under Arne Slot but the talent is there to be unlocked. Just being slightly more clinical is all it would take for him to hit a completely new level and go from a good forward to a world-class one. Ultimately, the margins are tight at the top of the Premier League and Liverpool needs him (and others) to improve from a good base.