Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been full or praise for Newcastle United ‘target’ Darwin Nunez. The Magpies have tabled an offer in excess of €60million according to Footmercato and were linked with a move for the Uruguayan international in the January transfer window, along with Premier League rivals West Ham United.
The Benfica forward has been one of the standout prospects in European football with a remarkable 32 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions this season. The 22-year-old is one of the most sought after talents in world football after an incredible campaign.
Nunez has scored against Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax and Liverpool in the Champions League so far this season. Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are all tracking the youngster, but it was the Hammers who had a €45million bid rejected on Deadline Day.
Speaking prior to Liverpool’s second-leg clash with Benfica, Klopp joked: “Extremely good-looking boy. Really good, really good. He played pretty much in front of me, with his tough battles with Ibou Konate. Physically strong, quick, was calm with his finish. If he stays healthy, it’s a big career ahead of him.”
Nunez was on song again for the Portuguese side scoring in the 3-3 draw with the Reds, taking his tally to six goals in six Champions League appearances. Speaking to TVI after the game, he said: “What the Liverpool coach said, as well as our coach, I take it as a compliment, but my mind is on Benfica.
“Until the season is over, I won’t say anything, and I’ll leave everything for this shirt. My job is to continue like this, to take advantage of this luck that is happening to me. Last year I didn’t play at all, but this year I’m having an incredible season. I have to continue like this, and there is also a lot of merit from my colleagues.”
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