Liverpool new boy Darwin Nunez revealed he was taken aback by all the silverware on display as he finalised his blockbuster move to the Reds – and then declared that he was ready to win some of his own.
The 22-year-old headed into the summer as one of the most sought after strikers in Europe after plundering 26 league goals in just 28 games for Benfica. But Liverpool have fended off competition from a host of clubs to bring Nunez to Anfield in a deal that could rise to a club-record £85million.
Nunez’s arrival is likely to coincide with the exit of Sadio Mane, who is expected to complete a switch to Bayern Munich in the coming weeks. And the Reds new striker opened up how he was lured to the Premier League by the club’s heritage and his desire to win trophies.
Speaking to Liverpool.com, Nunez said: “When I arrived at the training ground, I was really surprised to see the set-up and the structure and all the trophies here. You can then imagine yourself winning more trophies and then later on when you come here again and see the trophies on display, you can say, ‘Look, I was a part of that, I was there at that time, winning trophies.’
“That’s one of the reasons why I came here to Liverpool – to win trophies and titles. I want to win a lot of trophies at Liverpool.”
Nunez caught the eye of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in the Champions League earlier this year, when he netted against Liverpool for Benfica in an action-packed quarter-final clash at Anfield.
Manchester United were another club who were reportedly in the race for the prolific marksman – but Nunez revealed that the Reds were the perfect fit for him because their style of play is similar to his own.
He added: “I’m really happy and delighted to be here at Liverpool. It’s a massive club. I’d like to thank my partner and my parents and my son, who is a real source of pride for me. They’ve been really important to me in the stages in my career. I’m really proud of them, and for the work we do, me and my partner, as a team and I’m grateful to her that I’m here.
“I’ve played against Liverpool and I’ve seen them in lots of games in the Champions League, and it’s my style of play. There are some great players here and I think it’s going to suit my style of play here. As I say, I’ve watched quite a lot and it’s a very big club and I hope I can give everything that I’ve got in order to help the team.”