The Reds decided to move on from their fantastic attacking trio Salah-Mane-Firmino last year. During this summer transfer window, they sold Sadio Mane to Bayern, and at the moment, Roberto Firmino’s transfer is pretty realistic too.
This is a major change for Liverpool fans, who have unique emotions toward one of the deadliest offensive lines in the history of football. If we presented their numbers in NFL stats, their achievement would equal the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf. Now that is how dominant these guys were.
The only one left is Salah, who was given a contract extension and is supposed to be a mentor and leader for the new faces on the block. Liverpool landed a few promising players, changing almost the entire attacking part of the unit. When comparing the roster now and one year ago, only Salah and Diogo Jota remained on the list. And Firmino for the moment.
Besides Mane, Takumi Minamino left for AS Monaco, while Divock Origi landed in Italy at San Siro, joining the Serie A champions, AC Milan. So, in general, this is a massive change for the Reds.
Newcomers make impact
The newcomers on the other side are Luis Diaz, who arrived during winter, and Darwin Nunez, who came this summer. Also, not to forget the young offensive midfielder, Fabio Carvalho. He is not a typical attacker but more of a forward than a classical midfielder.
All three of them played in Portugal. Diaz was in Porto, Nunez in Benfica, while Carvalho arrived from Fulham, but he is from Portugal and started playing there.
Diaz came earlier than the latter two, and the left winger immediately positively influenced the Reds’ game. This very quick and aggressive player is able to beat any defender in Europe. Besides excellent skills, his finishing is superb, but also, Diaz often sets up goals for his teammates. The exquisite technique allows him to play behind the striker and switch the side, and that versatility is what Klopp wants from his players.
As for Nunez, who is among the highest-paid players this summer, we can only say that upon his arrival, he scored four goals in a friendly game against RB Leipzig. We believe that this piece of information perfectly portrays this fantastic player.
Nunez, a 23-year-old Uruguayan, has both the physical and technical qualities worthy of every cent paid for him. He is extremely athletic and powerful yet possesses a magical feeling for goal, fantastic ball handling, and control for his size. Some suggest that he is like Erling Haaland, maybe even better, but simply didn’t have the hype like the Norwegian. Though, the Reds spent more money on Nunez than City on Haaland.
There is an explanation as to why Klopp didn’t land both of the players at the same time. Apparently, the German manager wanted to introduce Diaz and implement him in the system first, and then, when the Colombian settled, Nunez came in. Practically, he made a significant change upfront without any problems, very smoothly and effectively.
The Future Looks Bright
Diaz and Nunez are the future of this team. Along with Salah, they should mature and evolve even more, but at some point, these two will take over the wheel from the Egyptian, who turned 30 this summer. Unlike him, who is in his prime years, Diaz and Nunez are yet to hit the peak in the coming seasons.
Liverpool has the highest possible ambitions for the 2022/23 campaign, which include quests for all the trophies available. Of course, the priorities are the UEFA Champions League and the Premiership. If one of these two titles lands at Anfield, Liverpool’s season will be declared successful.
The competition is very fierce, with City, Tottenham, Chelsea, etc., at home, and Real, Barca, Bayern, PSG on the European stage. Still, the Reds and their fans have nothing to worry about with these new strikers who undoubtedly have the quality to lead L’Pool all the way.