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Liverpool Have Joined The Race To Land This Sporting CP Midfielder: Right Fit For Klopp?

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In a recent report, Jornal de Noticias revealed that Liverpool have joined the race to land Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes. It has been mentioned that the Reds could face competition in the form of Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers in pursuit of the Portuguese talent.

Nunes’ Solid Run Of Form In Portuguese Football Last Season

Nunes produced a series of eye-catching performances at the heart of Sporting’s midfield last season. He performed at a high level over the past 11 months and managed to score four goals and grab five assists in 50 appearances for the Portuguese giants in the previous campaign on all fronts.

The 23-year-old was a consistent performer at the centre of the park based on his average of 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 0.7 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. He even took care of possession well as he completed 85.8% of his attempted passes in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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Famalicao’s Venezuelan forward Jhonder Cadiz (L) fights for the ball with Sporting Lisbon’s Brazilian midfielder Matheus Nunes during the Portuguese league football match between Sporting CP and FC Famalicao at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on February 6, 2022. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP) (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

Is Nunes The Right Fit For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?

Nunes is a solid tackler of the ball and can make a few timely interceptions for his team in midfield. He can engineer some inviting opportunities for his teammates to score and is an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet.

A player of Nunes’ skillset could be a welcome addition to the Reds‘ match-day squad as he will add more depth and quality to Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield ahead of the new season.

At 23, Nunes has got his peak years ahead of him and could grow into a top talent under the stewardship of a world-class manager like Klopp at Anfield. He could even serve as an ideal long-term successor to Jordan Henderson, who is entering the final stage of his playing career.

Liverpool need to strengthen their midfield if they are to challenge for multiple trophies once again next season. Therefore, Nunes will be a good fit for the Merseyside club as he could help them continue challenging for top honours over the next decade.

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