By Kevin Campbell

13th Jun, 2022 | 11:07am

Erling Haaland claim issued as Liverpool agree £64m Darwin Nunez deal - expert

Kevin Campbell has suggested Liverpool were forced to sign Benfica hitman Darwin Nunez after Man City’s signing of Erling Haaland.

The former Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Merseysiders would have been “left behind” by City had they not moved for the 22-year-old.

Benfica confirmed on Monday (13 June) that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Nunez for an initial €75million (£64million) fee – which could rise to €100million (£85million) after add-ons.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano updated later that day to reveal the Uruguay international will undergo a Liverpool medical on Monday (13 June) as he prepares to put pen to paper on a six-year contract.

Meanwhile, Man City have confirmed (13 June) the arrival of Haaland after activating his reported £51million release clause at Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola’s side pipped Liverpool to the Premier League in the 2021-22 season, while Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered defeat in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

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Campbell insisted the Merseysiders have done the “right thing” by making their move to match Man City in the 2022-23 campaign.

“Needs must for Liverpool,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“I tell you what, Liverpool and Man City are going toe-to-toe. They’ve both gone out and got these recognised number nines.

“Haaland is going to score a hatful with the chances that City create. Klopp knew very well that if they didn’t respond, they would be left behind.

“They’ve done the right thing. Nunez is a handful and he was very impressive when they’ve played against him before in the Champions League.”

Nunez notched 26 league goals in the 2021-22 campaign, while Haaland managed 22.

Liverpool (one title) and Man City (four titles) have won the Premier League in the last five seasons.

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