Darwin Nunez may struggle to adjust to life at Liverpool, according to Craig Burley.
Liverpool agreed an £85 million transfer fee with Benfica for the 22-year-old Uruguay international this week, making him their record signing.
The young forward scored 34 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese side last season, including two against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Champions League, earning him a club-record sum.
And, according to ESPN, Craig Burley can’t believe what he’s hearing about the youngster perhaps failing to adapt to Klopp’s style of play, claiming he had “every trait” required to succeed in the Premier League.
“I’ve heard a lot of these individuals come out of the woodwork and say, ‘I don’t think he’ll fit in,'” he told ESPN. This group of people who fit in has sort of risen up and raised its head. Good players tend to blend in. He has every trait — he’s a little like Haaland, – but he’s not quite there yet. “Big, Physical, and Two-footed.”
WILL DARWIN NUNEZ BE A SUCCESS AT LIVERPOOL?
In a word, most likely.
Since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield over seven years ago, no one has regularly spent large sums of money better than Liverpool.
Whatever players Klopp and Michael Edwards have put a lot of faith in, they usually deliver on the field for the Reds, and it would be surprising if Nunez didn’t continue that trend.
He might not be as prolific right away as Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, but he has the potential to be.
But keep in mind that this is a 22-year-old in his debut season in the Premier League.
Mane and Salah were both familiar with English football before joining Liverpool, and it’s possible that the South American may be just as influential in the forward position in the future.