The big names in the Arab world have consistently shown interest in acquiring Salah, but it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp wouldn’t even contemplate selling the team’s star striker just a week before the transfer window closes. Finding a replacement for one of the top wingers in football in such a short time is virtually impossible.
However, if the Saudi Arabian team (Al-Ittihad, not Newcastle…) has decided to acquire Salah’s teammate Darwin Nunez, there would be a lot of intriguing developments. Liverpool’s reaction would be less predictable.
Nunez may not possess the same allure as Salah at Anfield, but the Uruguayan player is greatly appreciated by fans. He’s a catalyst for chaos: every time he steps on the pitch, it’s a dramatic event. Whether that’s for better or worse is anyone’s guess.
However, Nunez’s potential is evident: he’s tall, robust, and exceptionally nimble. He’s also passionate and hardworking, which means he has all the attributes to become a classic number 9 in Klopp’s style. He even inherited Roberto Firmino’s shirt number this summer after the Brazilian moved to Saudi Arabia.
Klopp himself described Nunez as a “long-term project” and believes the player he “fell in love with” when Liverpool faced Benfica in the Champions League last year will develop into a world-class forward. However, he hasn’t reached that level yet, so an enticing offer could give Liverpool plenty to think about.