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Darwin Nunez: Which jersey will he wear with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in 2022/23?


Liverpool’s summer spending has kicked off in spectacular style this month with Jurgen Klopp closing in on a deal for Benfica hotshot Darwin Nunez.


After weeks of gossip over a switch to Anfield, Benfica confirmed a breakthrough in negotiations, with the 22-year-old edging closer to Merseyside.

A fee of €75 million (£64.1m/$74.8m) has been agreed for the Uruguay international, according to the Portuguese club, with the transfer potentially reaching €100m (£85.5m/$104.6m) including add-ons. That would make the striker the Reds’ record signing.

With Sadio Mane potentially heading out of the club, Liverpool will be keen to finalise terms and get their new man in and fans, of course, will be excited to see his name adorn the famous shirt.


What number will Darwin Nunez wear at Liverpool?

Eager Liverpool fans will be awaiting the confirmation of Nunez’s signing so they can get their hands on a jersey with his name and number. Exactly what that number will be remains to be seen.

Darwin Nunez: Which Jersey Will He Wear With Jurgen Klopp'S Reds In 2022/23?


If Mane moves on to Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions have already had two bids rejected for the Senegal star, Nunez could be handed the No. 10 next season.

As the club do not need to confirm their squad list to the Premier League until next month, they can afford to wait for developments on Mane’s future.

What are the free squad numbers at Liverpool?

Nunez will take a squad number outside the traditional 1-11 if Mane remains at Liverpool in the coming weeks, with the No. 2 shirt the only current ‘starting XI’ jersey at Anfield that remains free.

Darwin Nunez: Which Jersey Will He Wear With Jurgen Klopp'S Reds In 2022/23?


Mane’s exit would free up the No.10, but Brazilian star Roberto Firmino is unlikely to vacate the No.9 jersey, despite entering the final 12 months of his contract.

Other options for Nunez would stretch out into Klopp’s squad and again depending on potential transfer exits.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (No.15) could be moved on this summer with No.16 and No.19 also available following the respective departures of Marko Gruijic and Ozan Kabak in 2021.

No. 27 is also free, with Divock Origi on his way out, while Liverpool are also said to be ready to let No. 18 Takumi Minamino move on.

What numbers has Darwin Nunez worn in his career?

Nunez was immediately handed the No.9 shirt on arrival at Benfica in 2021 and he took on the mantle of chief goalscorer with 48 goals in 85 appearances.

He rotated between 24, 26 and 29 in his breakthrough years with Penarol before wearing No.21 in his sole season at Almeria in 2019/20.

Darwin Nunez: Which Jersey Will He Wear With Jurgen Klopp'S Reds In 2022/23?

No.24 and 29 could be potential options at Liverpool as both numbers are currently vacant.

Nunez has worn No.9 for the Uruguay national side on occasion, in the absence of first-choice Luis Suarez, but his main number with La Celeste is No.11.

What Liverpool players have worn No.10 in the past?

If Nunez takes over either No.24 or 29, he will join a low-key list of former Liverpool players to wear either number, including Rhian Brewster, Joe Allen and Dominic Solanke.

Ironically, if he takes on No.19, it would be a revival of the jersey worn by Mane in his first two seasons at the club.

However, if Mane’s exit triggers an opening at No.10, he will join a stellar crop of former players to don the jersey at Anfield.

Club legends Tommy Smith, John Toshack, Ronnie Whelan and John Barnes all wore it as part of title-winning seasons for Liverpool.

Michael Owen wore the same number when he won the Ballon d’Or as a Liverpool player in 2001, at 22 years old — the same age at which Nunez will join the club.


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