By Paul Robinson

13th Jun, 2022 | 3:21pm

'Unthinkable' Liverpool claim issued by pundit after Darwin Nunez latest

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp “pushed for” the signing of Darwin Nunez behind the scenes.

That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Klopp’s “increased control” over transfers at Anfield.

As reported by Sky Sports (13 June), Benfica have confirmed an £85million deal has been agreed with Liverpool for the transfer of Darwin Nunez.

Approximately £18million of that transfer fee will be in appearance and achievement based add-ons.

If successful on Merseyside, Nunez will become Liverpool’s club-record signing – surpassing the £75million paid for Virgil van Dijk in December 2017.

Robinson is adamant Nunez will strengthen Liverpool’s forward line, a statement he previously thought to be “unthinkable.”

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“This is one that Jurgen Klopp has pushed for,” he told Football Insider.

“He seems to have more control over transfers right now. Nunez is clearly a player that he likes.

“It is obvious that the door is now open for [Sadio] Mane to move on. I’m not sure they would have allowed Mane to leave until a replacement was signed.

“Nunez is clearly a player Klopp admires. It is exciting times for Liverpool.

“The front three was seen as untouchable for so long but now they have [Diogo] Jota, [Luis] Diaz and Nunez. That is really exciting.

“I think he will be a brilliant signing for them. He will make them stronger and better which is almost unthinkable when you look at the squad they have already got.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Liverpool could be forced into a Thiago change next season as injury blow is confirmed.