Ex-Liverpool, Benfica striker reveals Darwin Nunez concerns after Portuguese ‘cruise’ despite ‘perfect’ attributes

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Man Utd-linked Nunez Credit: PA Images
Man Utd-linked Nunez Credit: PA Images

Darwin Nunez is the “pefect” signing for Liverpool but he’s been warned over the differences between the Premier League and the Portuguese top flight.

Benfica confirmed on Monday that they have agreed a deal with Liverpool, who are set to announce Nunez’s arrival at Anfield this summer.

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The 22-year-old – who scored 34 goals in 41 appearances last season – will reportedly cost an initial £64m with a further £21m in easily achievable add-ons.

Luis Diaz joined from the Primeira Liga in January, shining in his first six months following his move from Porto.

But Dean Saunders, who played for both Liverpool and Benfica, revealed his concerns for Nunez ahead of his first season in the Premier League.

Saunders told talkSPORT: “This lad looks big, strong, quick, and he scores goals – perfect!

“But I played in that Portuguese league, and it is different to playing in the Premier League.

“How? Being honest, it’s easier. They set the fixture list in a certain way so that every team gets a tough game, a mid-table game and then two easy games, otherwise the season is over by Christmas. So they set the fixtures list up so that at the end of the season all the teams that are in with a shout of winning the league – Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto – have fixtures that are equal.

“I played up front with Nuno Gomez and Joao Pinto, and sometimes those two would just cruise through games and score two or three goals.

“You don’t get any easy goals in the Premier League, but you probably could in that league.

“Listen, he’s played for a massive club, it’s a great club, so he’s used to playing under pressure – you’ve got to win every week if you’re playing for Benfica.”

Saunders is also concerned with that Nunez’s impending arrival means for the future of Sadio Mane, who looks set to join Bayern Munich.

“It’s a bit of a worry that they’ve signed him, because it seems like there’s one coming on and one going out the door,” added the former Reds and Wales striker.

“I hope not. I hope Mane and Salah don’t leave. I hope it’s still salvageable. It doesn’t look like I’ll get my wish, though.

“Firmino’s contract is coming up, Jota is there as well, but there’s another one in the group. Man City have strengthened while they’re strong, and that’s what Liverpool are trying to do.

“We’ve just got to trust Jurgen Klopp and his scouting system. The recruitment Liverpool have done in the past has been brilliant, they don’t seem to get any wrong.”

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