Chris Sutton has made predictions about Liverpool star Darwin Nunez, but he insists this will not come true when they take on Brighton this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are having a disappointing season. They have only 28 points after 17 matches, which is a really poor result compared to what they have shown in the past few years. Nunez’s squandered chances were one of the ғᴀᴄᴛors that kept them from winning.
Liverpool signed Nunez from Benfica for a record £85m last summer. It’s a huge amount of money, but the Uruguayan has had an excellent season in Portugal, and many expect him to be successful.
Nunez came to Liverpool with great expectations
However, Nunez struggled at Anfield. He has missed 15 big opportunities since the start of the season – more than any other player in the entire league. That gave rise to a lot of criticism for Nunez, but Sutton thinks he’s going to ᴇxᴘʟᴏᴅᴇ one day.
“One day Darwin Nunez will score five goals in the same game, but it won’t be this weekend.”
Liverpool should keep track closely and act before ‘next Enzo Fernandez’ done with $18m deal
Liverpool was ruмored to be interested in a midfielder who would cost $18m. Still, it looks like Joo Gomes is close to joining Wolves, which doesn’t mean there won’t be a deal in the future.
A “full agreement” has been reached for the transfer of 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Joo Gomes to Wolves. Gomes is considered one of the best players in his position in Brazil.
Fabrizio Romano says that Flamengo is close to selling the player to Wolves for around $18m (£15m/€17m). The wonderkid will sign a five-year contract with the team from the Midlands.
Gomes had been briefly linked with a move to Liverpool in the past (via ESPN Brasil), but it looks like Wolves has won the race to sign the highly rated midfielder. Gomes has played almost 60 games for Flamengo in the Brazilian Serie A, but he has never played for his country.
It was only a matter of time before one of Europe’s clubs came calling and took the player away, but few thought it would be Wolves. Still, a move makes sense in a lot of ways and is similar to moves made by Matheus Nunes and Enzo Fernández, both of whom Liverpool wants to sign.
Both Nunes and Fernández are now doing well for their teams. Nunes is with Wolves, and Fernández is with Benfica. It’s not really disrespectful to either team to say that both players won’t be at their current teams for very long. The modern game is getting faster and faster, so players move around more and more.
Once, a prospect might have stayed at a club for three or four seasons. Now, he’s gone in one or two seasons, at most. Even Erling Haaland’s career seems to be pretty well planned out, with two seasons here and three seasons there. How long will it be before Real Madrid or Barcelona sign him? It seems like it will happen.
Both Nunes and Fernández are learning how to play at smaller clubs while waiting for one of Europe’s “sharks” to come around and take them away. Gomes is likely to have the same thing happen to him in two or three seasons.
Nunes has only been at Wolves since last summer, but already reports have emerged of Liverpool attempting to strike a deal to take him to Anfield ahead of next season (via The Telegraph), with it already being ‘proven’ that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
It wouldn’t be a big sᴜrprise if Gomes had the same thing happen to him. Perhaps he gets 18 months in the Midlands before being snapped up by a team higher up the food chain?
Fernández, much like Nunes, has only been at Benfica for six months and is already attracting the larger fish due to his performances in the World Cup. Liverpool has again been attached (via Record), and it would be miraculous if he’s still a Benfica player come the beginning of next season.
But this is the way the modern game operates, and Gomes could be a Liverpool player in a season or two. Just because he isn’t arriving at Anfield now, that does not mean he will drop off their radar. In ғᴀᴄᴛ, being in England will only bring him closer to the attention of the Reds.