The best and worst thing about football is that it can change in the blink of an eye. Three goals leads can be forgotten in minutes. Titles can be lost in seconds and players can go from heroes to villains in a single moment.
So while Liverpool are currently well stocked in the forwards, top scorers in the league as they hunt for Manchester City, it hasn’t stopped the club from being linked with a big move for Darwin Núñez this summer. The Uruguayan is likely to cost around £70 million.
It’s a high amount to pay, but Liverpool need to be prepared for unforeseen attacks where both Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are likely to leave, and the future of the club’s original three still up in the air, even if they’re about to stand to the last year of their contract.
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However, FSG does not necessarily have to pay the high fees touted to prospective candidates. They may be able to dive under the radar and attract a talent that will turn heads in La Liga, and who might be an ideal player for Jürgen Klopp’s gene-pressing system.
Enes Ünal is a name that will be known to the club’s Premier League title rivals, with the 24-year-old Turkish international under contract with Manchester City for two years, although he never quite got close to the first team.
However, since leaving the Etihad permanently, Ünal has slowly rebuilt his career and has been in excellent form, especially this season. Strong in the air and playing in the same way as Núñez, the explosive and fast forward has scored 15 goals in 32 La Liga appearances this season. league goals this season.
Those are impressive numbers for the 24-year-old, who is very fit physically for the Premier League and who has one quality that Klopp will absolutely love. In La Liga, Ünal is in the 98th percentile for pressure per 90, with an average of 24.53 according to FBref, and 9.96 pressure per 90 in the opponent’s last third. That ability to pressure opponents from the front would make him an ideal striker tailored to the club’s gegenpress system – far more than Man City, the club he left behind.
In addition, he has the technical ability to interfere in the build-up, but also the threat from the air to add another dimension to Liverpool’s attack and a target for Trent Alexander-Arnold to erect his precise crosses.
Worth just £16.2 million according to Transfermarkt, a ‘saving’ of around £54 million on Núñez, he would certainly be a much cheaper alternative to the big money purchases Liverpool have been associated with thus far, making this a good idea is for FSG .