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Willing to pay, Darwin Núñez may live his last moments in Liverpool

The Reds should pass up the opportunity to sign another high-class striker.

By Charles Cornwall

The Reds should pass up the opportunity to sign another high-class striker.
The Reds should pass up the opportunity to sign another high-class striker.
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Darwin Núñez has certainly won the hearts of Liverpool fans since making his move from Benfica during the summer of 2022. Now the Uruguay international looks to be repaying the faith shown in him. With two goals against Bournemouth on Sunday, the 24-year-old now has 10 goals and 10 assists this season, joining an elite club of Liverpool forwards to reach that mark in a season. But that doesn’t mean the Reds should be put off if the opportunity arises to sign another high-class option up front.

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The role of the recruitment department is to always be on the lookout for the next player, and Liverpool's team will already be on the search for the next striker to recruit who could partner or possibly even succeed Núñez somewhere down the road. Who that player will be is a story for the future, but there is one particular forward who might be an ideal candidate. Many are calling Benjamin Šeško the next Erling Haaland, and the strong Slovenian forward is certainly living up to those comparisons. Šeško's towering height and speed makes him a real nuisance for opposition defenders.

The 20-year-old came through the same learning process as Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg, where he made a total of 40 goal contributions in 79 senior appearances. His form earned him a move to RB Leipzig last summer, and although the goals haven't been as forthcoming, he has still found the back of the net seven times in 24 appearances. Like Haaland, Šeško is already starting to have a lot of buzz around him. Having signed a five-year deal with Leipzig last summer, you might expect another move to be out of the question in the near future, but Liverpool could have a route open.

According to Sky Germany's Philipp Hinze, writing on X/Twitter, Šeško's contract includes a £43m release clause, which is due to come into effect this summer. That could well open the door to more transfer interest, and should the Reds be involved, they could find themselves close to the front of the queue. After all, Liverpool has a strong relationship with Red Bull clubs and has conducted plenty of business with them in the past while also arranging friendlies between each other. That strong bond could make them the front runners in a future potential pursuit for Šeško.

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If he continues to catch the eye, just as Haaland did when switching the Bundesliga, Liverpool should certainly be in the running when he does become available. Not only does the Slovenian have the speed to suit Jürgen Klopp's explosive attacking style, he also has a high defensive work-rate and the kind of technical ability that would make him a suitable transfer at Anfield. Whether Jörg Schmadtke will still be sporting director in the summer is not yet known, but whoever is in charge of the scouting department, they will know that success for Darwin Núñez in the remainder of the season shouldn't mean Šeško won't be on the club's radar. Two exciting forwards is always better than one.

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