adplus-dvertising
Connect with us

Sports

Darwin Nunez reacts to Klopp hints at Liverpool transfer switch as rumours continue to escalate

Published

on

darwin.nunez .benfica.march .2022 1

Benfica striker Darwin Nunez has reacted to Jurgen Klopp’s praise for his qualities amid ongoing talk that Liverpool could actually make a move for the player this summer.

The Uruguay international is enjoying an incredible season so far and has already scored 32 goals in a stellar campaign, leading to talk that he could be snapped up by a European heavyweight in the summer – namely Liverpool or potentially Manchester United.

Indeed, Nunez impressed again as he scored in Benfica’s 3-3 Champions League draw at Anfield on Wednesday evening, although the Portuguese outfit crashed out of the competition after a 6-4 aggregate defeat.

Before Wednesday’s clash, Klopp made no secret of his admiration for the 22-year-old, saying: “Extremely good-looking boy and a decent player as well.

“Really good, really good, I have to say. I knew him before, of course. But he played pretty much in front of me with these tough battles with Ibou Konate.

“Physically strong, quick, was calm around his finish when he finished the goal off. Good, really good. Obviously how you say in these situations, if he stays healthy, it’s a big career ahead of him.”

Klopp may have been teasing Liverpool‘s interest a little with his comments, which also made their way to Nunez.

The young forward told TVI, as reported in the Daily Mirror: “What the Liverpool coach said, as well as our coach, I take it as a compliment, but my mind is on Benfica. Until the season is over, I won’t say anything, and I’ll leave everything for this shirt.

“My job is to continue like this, to take advantage of this luck that is happening to me. Last year I didn’t play at all, but this year I’m having an incredible season.

“I have to continue like this, and there is also a lot of merit from my colleagues.”

Nunez class too good to ignore

One thing is for sure. If he does carry on in a similar vein it’ll be impossible for big clubs to ignore him.

The Reds could even be on the lookout for a new central attacking option, given that Roberto Firmino’s contract runs out in the summer of 2023, while United have been tipped to use Edinson Cavani to try and seal a transfer.

As for Liverpool’s next Champions League test, they will face Villarreal in the last four. The Spanish side shocked Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

The other semi-final sees Manchester City taking on Real Madrid, with the final taking place in Paris on May 28.

READ MORE: Good news and bad as pundit claims Salah’s new mega-deal will give Liverpool bosses huge headache

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Sports

Quiz: Can you name which club Nottingham Forest sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

Published

on

2013 10 05T000000Z 1 MT1ACI11383791 RTRMADP 3 SOCCER ENGLAND BRH NTG

Nottingham Forest have secured their spot at Wembley for the Championship play-off final, with the Reds set to face Huddersfield Town for a Premier League place.

Steve Cooper’s side managed to keep their cool during last night’s penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United, with Brice Samba emerging as the hero.

Whilst we wait to see what happens at Wembley, we have devised a 23 questions quiz that will test your knowledge of where Nottingham Forest sold a selection of players from the last decade to.

Can you score 100%?

Quiz: Can you name which club Nottingham Forest sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Continue Reading

Sports

Barnsley managerial update emerges amid reported League One boss approach

Published

on

2021 02 23T211232Z 2023721291 UP1EH2N1MWWRF RTRMADP 3 SOCCER ENGLAND CMU CTT REPORT

Championship side Barnsley are currently considering Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff as a potential option but other candidates are at a similar stage of the process to the 44-year-old, according to journalist Doug O’Kane.

The Tykes are still on the prowl for a permanent successor to Poya Asbaghi, who was unable to guide the club to safety following a poor start to the 2021/22 campaign under Markus Schopp.

Martin Devaney took charge of the relegated side’s last three games of the season following the departure of the Iranian – and is one name thought to be in the frame for the top job despite not managing to record a single point whilst in caretaker charge.

Quiz: Can you name which club Barnsley sold these 23 players to from the last decade?

However, it looked as though Duff was the favourite to take the role following Gloucestershire Live’s report yesterday afternoon, with the outlet revealing that the South Yorkshire outfit had made a formal approach in their potential bid to lure the ex-Burnley player to Oakwell.

The 44-year-old managed to guide Cheltenham to a respectable 15th-place finish following their promotion from League Two at the end of the 2020/21 season – and their supporters will be hoping to continue benefitting from his expertise in the coming years.

In a boost for them, Duff isn’t guaranteed to leave the Jonny-Rocks Stadium with reporter O’Kane revealing that other managers are at a similar stage of the process as the Northern Irishman.

The Verdict:

On one hand, it’s good that the Tykes are taking their time in their quest to find a new manager because this appointment could be crucial for years to come if they manage to get it right, with a return to the second tier at the first time of asking needing to be the main aim needing next term.

However, this task won’t be simple with Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town, MK Dons, Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and other accomplished teams set to return to the third tier – and one of Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers will also remain in their current division.

The Owls and the Tractor Boys look particularly strong on paper and with MK under the stewardship of Liam Manning, you would certainly bet on all three to give the Tykes a run for their money, so they will need their new manager to hit the ground running.

But Asbaghi’s successor will only be able to do this if he is given sufficient time to plan for the summer window, with other teams already stealing a march on the South Yorkshire side in the free-agent market.

This is why a new man ideally needs to be in place within the next week, giving them the very best chance of being successful in the transfer market, something that will be important following an underwhelming summer window last year.

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Continue Reading