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Darragh MacAnthony says Liverpool should've signed Ivan Toney instead of Darwin Nunez
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Darragh MacAnthony says Liverpool should've signed Ivan Toney instead of Darwin Nunez

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool should’ve signed Brentford striker Ivan Toney instead of smashing their transfer record for Darwin Nunez this summer.

That’s the opinion of Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who believes that the Englishman would score at least 25 goals a season for the Reds if they had signed him.

Darragh MacAnthony says Liverpool should’ve signed Ivan Toney instead of Darwin Nunez

After Sadio Mane’s departure this summer, Liverpool made it a priority to bring in a new striker. After links to various players, it was clear that Nunez was their main target, and they got a deal done.

The Reds broke their transfer record to sign the Uruguayan for £85 million this summer (Sky Sports). He’s definitely an incredible talent, but MacAnthony believes Brentford star Toney would’ve been a much better option for Liverpool up top.

The Posh chairman, who happens to be a Liverpool fan, said on The Hard Truth podcast, as quoted by The Daily Mail: “Let me ask you the next question. Darwin Nunez, £85 million, Ivan Toney. Who is the better number nine? 

“Nunez might have a hell of a career, he might do really well for Liverpool, Liverpool like to be direct – let’s not joke Liverpool are a direct football team, all of our goals come from full-backs and crosses.

“We are a little direct and it suits us, there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re telling me an Ivan Toney in Liverpool’s team wouldn’t score 25 goals with those full-backs delivering. Come off it!”

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Toney is definitely a good player.

The Englishman, branded as ‘fantastic’ by Kristoffer Ajer, has scored five goals and provided three assists in seven appearances so far this season. That includes a brilliant hattrick against Leeds United just last weekend.

Nunez, on the other hand, hasn’t quite taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival. He has scored twice so far, but his red card against Crystal Palace is what has made the most headlines.

An argument could be made that Toney suits Liverpool better at this moment in time, but Nunez’s ceiling is a lot higher, which is probably why Klopp decided to sign him this summer.

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