Jürgen Klopp: Nunez has all the pieces we want – now we’ll nurture that talent
Jürgen Klopp is thrilled by the opportunity to nurture Darwin Nunez’s talents, which he already considers to be ideally suited to Liverpool FC.
Uruguay forward Nunez has signed a long-term contract with the Reds to join from Benfica, where he scored 34 goals last season, subject to international clearance and the granting of a work permit.
Reacting to the capture of the club’s new No.27, the manager detailed the physical and mental attributes that made Nunez a compelling recruit.
And Klopp cannot wait to begin working with the attacker and further honing those qualities to ensure they can blossom during his time at Anfield.
Welcome to the Reds family, @Darwinn99 😁🔴
— LFC (Liverpool FC)
14th Jun 18:01
“This is super news, really super news,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “I’m very grateful to everyone at the club for making it happen. We’ve shown decisiveness and ambition in equal measure.
“Darwin is a wonderful player; already really good but so much potential to get even better. That’s why it’s so exciting, to be honest. His age, his desire, his hunger to be even better than he currently is. His belief in our project and what we are looking to do as a club.
“He is as excited by us as we are by him, which makes for a great relationship, when you appreciate each other’s strengths. That is certainly the case here. He thinks we suit him and we believe he is the right fit for us – so let’s do it.
“He has all the pieces we look for. He can set a tempo, he brings energy, he can threaten space from central and wide areas. He is aggressive and dynamic with his movement.
“He plays without fear, he’s powerful. I know he will excite our supporters.
“It’s important we all recognise we are getting a ‘work in progress’ with Darwin. He recognises that himself, for sure. I love how much focus and humility he has.
“We have wonderful attacking options already and he becomes part of that now. So there is no pressure on him at all. He signs for a very long time and we intend to nurture his talent and see it grow.
“He’s the latest addition to the wonderful LFC family and I’m sure our supporters will make him feel at home from the first moment he has the Liver bird on his chest.”