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Nunez can be like Torres but ´faster´ for Liverpool, says former Almeria coach

“Darwin Nunez has a lot in common with former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, but it could be faster,” said the former Uruguayan.

Nunez confirmed his move from Benfica to Liverpool on Tuesday, with the Portuguese club reportedly willing to pay £ 64million (€ 75m) and an additional £ 21.4m (€ 25m).

The 22-year-old has spent the 2021-22 season and has netted 34 times in 41 games in all competitions.

Torres, who played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, scored 81 goals in 142 appearances for the Reds before making a big-money move to rivals Chelsea and was considered one of the best strikers in the world.

There have been similar heights and explosions between Nunez and Torres, and former Almeria assistant coach David Badia believes the former is actually faster than the two.

Badia played second place with Nunez in Spain during the 2019-20 season, scoring 16 goals in 32 league games before moving to Benfica for Almeria.

Speaking to Status Performance about his comparison to Torres, he said: “Fernando is indeed a Spaniard. [so] I expect him, but I think Darwin is a little faster than him.

“When Darwin has control of the ball, he is a very good player, he can control the ball, he can keep the ball.

“Perhaps Fernando [was] It’s good to do the same thing at a much slower pace because you can do a lot of other things, but in my opinion Darwin can do the plays fast.

Badiya put Nunez’s character in the Jurgen Klopp domain.

He added: “I think it is a combination of many things.

Not only does he have one thing in common, but I have to say one thing in particular – he has a change of pace and the speed he expects from a distance.

“It can hold this speed for 30, 35, 40 meters, and then end up in the box when it reaches the end of the movement.”

Klopp regularly calls his players “mentally ill,” and Badia certainly comes to Anfield in the same way, indicating how the player has recovered from a serious knee injury at the start of his career.

“One hundred percent [he has the mentality]” “I think it’s one of the worst things that can happen to a player between the ages of 16 and 17. After that, he grew stronger.

“It is very important that the player develops himself in the face of these injuries and is able to develop this attitude, mindset.

“I think his thinking, his ambitions and his focus for years are working on that.

“If there is a manager who can improve the players, that is Liverpool. [Klopp]. Finally, he is one of the best, or I think, one of the best teams in the world right now, and I think he has a long way to go.


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