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Darwin Nunez could be better than Mane at Liverpool

By Charles Cornwall

Darwin Nunez could be better than Mane at Liverpool

The African himself made the decision to leave for the Bundesliga after the defeat in the Champions League final on 28 May.

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Liverpool's post-Sadio Mané era has begun and manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that he has a fresh attacking replacement in Luis Díaz and new signing Darwin Núñez. The cycle of a memorable trident that won the UEFA Champions League and Premier League came to an end. The Senegalese left for Bayern Munich and the team will have to consolidate a new attack for this season.

The Reds decided to sell the Senegal international this summer after he expressed his desire to leave the club for a new challenge at Bayern Munich. Liverpool acted immediately by bringing in an attacking reinforcement in the form of Nunez from Portuguese side Benfica after the Uruguayan scored 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions last season.

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Sadio Mané's legacy in Liverpool Football Club's recent history is indelible. The Anfield Road outfit had never won the Premier League since it was known by that name, and the Senegalese starred with 18 goals in that campaign that was interrupted by Covid-19. After six seasons, the reigning African Cup of Nations champion left for Bayern Munich and, to replace him, the English paid Benfica 80 million for Uruguayan Darwin Nunez.

The African himself made the decision to leave for the Bundesliga after the defeat in the Champions League final on 28 May. The fans felt his departure, but it seems that the sadness will not last long and only the nostalgia of the epic triumphs will remain. On Friday 5 August 2022, Mané made his league debut as the Bavarians beat Colombian Rafael Santos Borré's Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 as visitors. The Sedhiou-born 30-year-old scored the third in the emphatic win.

Darwin Núñez

The battle with the 'charrúa' Darwin Núñez is evenly matched. Whenever an important figure in a team leaves, the replacement always starts to be rated and analysed by the same standards. Just ask Eden Hazard at Real Madrid. However, the start of the Peñarol man, who only made his debut in 2017, immediately put smiles on the faces of the famous 'You'll never walk alone' fans. He is a different kind of player, more expressive and willing to play as a box-to-box player, but that's not all he knows how to do. Sadio started out as a left winger.

What is curious is the similar official debuts of the two players. The one who went to Germany scored in the German Super Cup, won the title against RB Leipzig and also scored in the first league game. Darwin, meanwhile, gave the Reds the FA Community Shield title last week and scored again on Saturday.


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