'There's always revenge' - everything Darwin Nunez has said about Liverpool future

Darwin Nunez
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Darwin Nunez's future at Liverpool has been an intense subject of debate over the last 12 months.

Nunez joined the Reds in 2022 in a big-money deal from Benfica. The striker signed for an initial £64 million but the fee could increase to £85.5 million with potential add-ons.

Jurgen Klopp brought Nunez to Anfield two years ago, but it will now be Arne Slot who will be tasked with finding the Uruguayan's best form. Nunez scored 18 goals with 13 assists in all competitions in his second season for Liverpool, yet there are still rumours that he may not have a long-term future with the Reds.

Such speculation intensified after suggestions of a rift between himself and Klopp emerged following the final game of the season against Wolves. This is something that Nunez has now played down talk of in a fresh interview, where he praises the help that Klopp has given him during his time as a Liverpool player.

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Here, the ECHO takes a look at what Nunez has said during his two years with Liverpool so far.

May 26, 2024

"We were all a little shocked by Klopp's departure, no-one expected it," Nunez told Uruguay news outlet, El Pais. "It is a shame that he is leaving.

"I personally would like him to leave 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."

May 22, 2024

“From the moment you start playing and until you retire, there will always be someone who will criticise you,” he told Por la Jersey (Channel 10 of Uruguay), quoted by ESPN. “I avoid reading those comments.

“Before, I did look at them a lot and it affected me. Whoever says that those negative comments do not affect them is lying, those negative comments that are directed towards you will always affect you.

“I never look at the negative comments on social media, at least now I'm not looking at anything, not even the good stuff. If a game goes badly for me, I rely on my family.

“When things go badly for me, I get hot, but I try to laugh with my family and not show my son the anger I have, what happened in the game is already there, it's already happened, and there is always revenge.”

August 2023

"I used to live watching the [social media] networks, it made me bad," Nunez told Sport890. "They say they keep criticising me, but I don't see anything [now], I am working in silence and things are working for me. For me, let them speak what they want, my head is fine.

"The coach is the one who decides who plays and I respect their opinion. I continue to work in silence, whatever minutes touch me, I will go in, do my job and try to do my best.

"I entered angry every game, how can I not enter angry? A player always wants to play from the start, more when he has been doing things well. Every time I have to enter I try to do my best, then the coach chooses the team, I am [in the team].

"We all win together and we lose all together. I want it to do well, and also to be that way collectively. Last year we didn't have a good season, I hope this year things will go better for us,

"They (rest of the attack) are high-level players, I'm at a big club, where there will be healthy competition between the players."

February 2023

"It is a case of adapting," Nunez told Sky Sports in February last year. "Adapting is important - and not only here at the club. Things have to be good on the football side, but also with your family, because if your family is OK, then you will always be OK. My family and I are good.

"Obviously, I still have many things to work on, for example my finishing. But I think the same thing is happening to me as happened to Suarez. In his second year, he tore it up.

"Something similar happened to me already at Benfica. The first year went very badly for me and in the second, I exploded.

"Here, I think the same thing is happening. I hope next season will be like that. I'll put my best forward and hopefully I'll get a bit of luck."