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Update On Liverpool And Their Pursuit Of This Sporting CP Midfielder: Good Option For Klopp?

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In a recent print edition, O Jogo offered an update on Liverpool and their pursuit of Sporting CP midfielder Matheus Nunes. It has been claimed that the Reds would have to pay £38.4m plus £4.3m in variables to acquire the services of the Portuguese sensation this summer.

Nunes’ Impressive Season At José Alvalade Stadium

Nunes had a decent campaign in Portuguese football last season when he produced a handful of eye-catching performances at the heart of Sporting’s midfield. The Brazil-born sensation found the back of the net on four occasions and secured five assists in 50 appearances for his current employers in the previous campaign on all fronts.

The 23-year-old was a dominant presence at the centre of the park as he averaged 1.3 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 0.7 key passes and 2.5 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga Portugal. He was even tidy when distributing the ball from midfield after completing 85.8% of his attempted passes in top-flight 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 A Good Option For Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp?

Nunes is a good tackler of the ball and can earn the ball back for his team at the centre of the park. He has got the vision to cut open the opponent’s defence with a killer pass and can even make a few clever runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty area. Nunes is usually a box-to-box midfielder but can even feature as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder if required.

At 23, the Portuguese talent has got a very bright future ahead of him. Therefore, Liverpool will do well to lure him to English football before the end of this transfer window.

We can expect Nunes to add more energy and dynamism to Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield. He will even increase competition for places within the Reds‘ squad. All in all, Nunes will be a decent option for the Merseyside club to consider ahead of the new campaign, so Klopp should think about meeting Sporting’s demands to sign the player in this off-season.

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