'If I'm being honest': Dean Saunders has a warning for Liverpool's newest signing
Liverpool have all but completed a deal to sign Darwin Nunez, and the Uruguayan striker is the talk of the national media at the moment.
As Manchester City announce the signing of Erling Haaland, Liverpool are responding themselves by shelling out a huge fee to sign Nunez from Benfica. The former Almeria man is set to arrive in England in the coming days, with Reds fans now eagerly awaiting the official announcement.
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Of course, Nunez’s goals record in Portugal is not to be sniffed at. He hit more than 30 last term and is seen by many as a sure-fire hit, especially after he impressed against Liverpool in the Champions League. However, former Reds striker, Dean Saunders, has warned Nunez that there is a big difference between Portugal and England.
“I’ve played in that Portuguese league and it is different to playing in the PL. If I’m being honest, it’s easier,” Saunders said on TalkSport today.
“It’s Sporting, Porto and Benfica. For example you’ll have a tough game, two middle games and then an easy game. They set the fixture list up, otherwise the season’s over at Christmas. I played with Nuno Gomes and Joao Pinto and sometimes they’d cruise through games and score. You don’t get any easy goals in the PL, but you probably could in that league. But, he’s played for a massive club, so he’s used to playing under pressure.”
Saunders played for Benfica towards the end of his career. But having played for both Liverpool and Galatasaray as well, the Welshman certainly knows about playing for big clubs.
TBR’s View: Darwin Nunez Will Need A Fast Start At Liverpool
More often than not, Jurgen Klopp has got his signings right. With Nunez, he’ll be hoping that the striker can adapt quickly and get off the mark early doors. The longer the season goes without Nunez scoring, the more the pressure will build.
Of course, in Klopp, Nunez will have the perfect manager. Klopp will manage him perfectly and have his back if he does struggle. But in the ideal world, Nunez hits the ground running.
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