Players - Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez
Birthdate: 24 June 1999
Birthplace: Artigas, Uruguay
Other clubs: Penarol (2017-19), Almeria (2019-20), Benfica (2020-22)
Bought from: Benfica
Signed for LFC: £85.36m, 14.06.2022
International debut: 16.10.2019 vs. Peru
International caps: 11/2
Liverpool debut: 30.07.2022
Last appearance: 12.11.2022
Debut goal: 30.07.2022
Last goal: 12.11.2022
Contract expiry: 30.06.2027
Win ratio: 61.11% W:11 D:4 L:3
Games/goals ratio: 2
Games/assists ratio: 9
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 2 / 2
League games / goals / assists: 10 / 5 / 2
Total games / goals / assists: 18 / 9 / 2

Player Profile

Liverpool paid Benfica an initial £64.2 million for Darwin Nunez in June 2022, with the fee having the potential to rise to £85 million due to add ons that are likely to be met.

Born in Artigas, Uruguay in 1999, Nunez made his debut for Penarol as an eighteen year old in November 2017, coming on as a substitute for former Liverpool player Maxi Rodrigues in a game against River Plate Montevideo. Knee surgery stalled his progress but despite having made just fourteen appearances, UD Almeria of Spain's second tier were willing to pay $4.5 million for his services in the summer of 2019.

Nunez finished 2019/20 as Almeria's top scorer with sixteen goals, leading to Benfica signing him for a club record €24 million. He had a mixed first season, suffering niggling injuries and contracting Covid 19.  He ended the campaign with five goals and ten assists, then underwent knee surgery meaning he missed the start of 2021/22. When he got going in September though he was sensational, scoring twice in a 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona and being named player of he month in the domestic league. He scored back to back hat tricks in away games in the run in to Christmas and the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam that set up a Champions League quarter final clash with Liverpool. the Reds won this tie 6-4 on aggregate, with Nunez scoring in both legs. 

By the end of the season Nunez was one of Europe's hottest properties, having finished as the Portuguese league's top scorer with 26 goals in 28 games. Liverpool moved quickly and agreed a free with Benfica whilst Nunez was on international duty, before bringing him to Merseyside to finalise the deal and formally announce it on 14th June. Comfortable on the left wing or in the middle, he is strong, well built, fast and is an exciting addition to Liverpool's front line.

 

Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 10 0 1 6 1 18
2022-2023 10 0 1 6 1 18
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
2 148 Rangers
2 87 Ajax
2 48 Manchester City
2 45 Napoli
1 90 Arsenal
1 90 Leeds United
1 87 Southampton
1 87 Tottenham
1 80 Everton
1 57 Crystal Palace
1 57 West Ham United
1 39 Fulham
1 24 Derby
1 1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Total Started/substitutions
10 Started
0 On the bench
8 Substitute
7 Substituted
Total Venue
10 Home
7 Away
1 Neutral
Total Competition
10 Premier League
6 Champions League
1 Community Shield
1 League Cup
Total W D L Win % Manager
18 11 4 3 61.1% Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 5 0 0 3 1 9
2022-2023 5 0 0 3 1 9
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
6 Started
3 Substitute
Total Competition
5 Premier League
3 Champions League
1 Community Shield
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
1 46-60 minutes
2 61-75 minutes
2 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
9 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 2 0 0 0 0 2
2022-2023 2 0 0 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Fulham
1 Tottenham Hotspur
Total Competition
2 Premier League
Total For player
2 Mohamed Salah
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 30.07.2022 Manchester City Leicester City Stadium Other
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 90 30.07.2022 Manchester City Leicester City Stadium Other
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Penarol 2016-2017 Uruguay 1 1 0 1 0
Penarol 2017-2018 Uruguay 1 10 1 13 1
Penarol 2018-2019 Uruguay 1 3 3 8 3
UD Almeria 2019-2020 Spain 2 30 16 32 16
Benfica 2020-2021 Portugal 1 28 5 43 13
Benfica 2021-2022 Portugal 1 28 26 41 34
Total 100 51 138 67