Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tipped Benfica striker Darwin Nunez to go on to have a “big career” after impressing in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie last week.
The Uruguayan scored for Benfica but he couldn’t prevent his side going down 3-1 to the Reds, and Klopp was full of praise for the player in his pre-match press conference yesterday:
“An extremely good-looking boy eh?! He is a really good boy – he played in front of me battling against Konate. He was calm for the finish. He is good, really good. If he stays healthy, he has a big career ahead of him.”
Reports suggest that Benfica are willing to sell Nunez for between €70m (£58m) and €80m (£67m) this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.
Liverpool have also been mentioned in some reports as a possible destination, along with Arsenal, West Ham, Manchester City and Newcastle, so it will be interesting to see where the forward ends up.
Clearly, Nunez has a fan in Klopp, but the Reds boss will be hoping the 22-year-old doesn’t have much of an impact when Benfica play at Anfield this evening.