Darwin Nunez tipped off Liverpool’s future as Jurgen Klopp sent a message after signing Cody Gakpo

Liverpool splashed out £64m to sign Darwin Nunez in the summer but he is yet to find his place with Cody Gakpo joining soon from PSV for £44.3m – after the Reds beat Man United

Darwin Nunez has been hailed as “unstoppable” by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp despite plans to sign a new striker.

Dutch forward Cody Gakpo is scheduled to be in England to finalize his £44.3 million deal from PSV Eindhoven after his impressive World Cup. He will increase Liverpool’s attacking options with Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota facing lengthy spells on the touchline.

In their absence, Uruguay summer signing Nunez, who cost Benfica £64 million, missed several chances in Liverpool’s 3-1 Boxing Day win at Aston Villa. But Klopp insists the forward, 23 who has nine goals in 20 appearances, is still a big threat and will come in well.

The Reds boss assessed: “He’s unstoppable when we keep the ball and pass him at the right moment, no defender really catches up fast.

“I know all the stories around and everything is fine but we are completely calm, everything will be fine. He played an amazing game and we won 3-1 and that’s all that matters.

“I haven’t been in business since yesterday and I have a few strikers. I know scoring early is really not important. There are so many other things that are much more important. You just have to stay calm.”

Jurgen Klopp has complete faith in Darwin Nunez and describes him as “unstoppable”

Nunez squandered two fine first-half openings before going wide on a clean-up after the break at Villa Park. But he got his second assist of the season when substitute Stefan Bajcetic scored late on after Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk had netted earlier.

Defensive midfielder Bajcetic poked the ball past Villa keeper Robin Olsen and fired past Tyrone Mings on the line. At 18 years and 65 days old, he became the youngest player to score a Premier League substitute goal for Liverpool since Michael Owen against Tottenham Hotspur in November 1997.

Cody Gakpo will join Liverpool from PSV

The midfielder has enjoyed a breakthrough season with his seventh appearance for Klopp’s side after impressing in the club’s World Cup camp in Dubai.

Bajcetic, who joined from Celta Vigo in February 2021, said: “I’ve been here all season working and trying to learn and watch.

“Dubai was quite a good experience because I played in two games and gained experience and confidence. Hopefully I can get more minutes and keep working hard and learning.”

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