Darwin Nunez vs Sadio Mane: How the Benfica striker compares to the Liverpool star as Klopp picks him up as a transfer substitute

LIVERPOOL are planning a blockbuster for Benfica ace Darwin Nunez to replace wanton striker Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese star is demanding a move from Anfield after six years with Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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The Reds have turned down a “ridiculous” offer of an initial £23.5m plus a potential £6.5m in add-ons.

Klopp and co are holding out for £43million… as they plan for life after Mane.

Liverpool are set to surprise rivals Man United by signing Benfica hotshot Nunez in a deal worth up to £86m.

With reports from Portugal suggesting a deal is imminent, let’s compare Nunez’s performance to Mane’s last season.

The Uruguayan’s numbers include the caveats that he played in the Portuguese top flight rather than the Premier League and that he was used more in the middle than in Mane’s dominating winger role.

From this point of view, too, Nunez’ performances in the Liga NOS are impressive.

Aged just 22, he scored 26 goals in 28 top-flight games last season, compared to Mane’s 16 in 34.

The Senegalese averaged 0.5 goals per 90 while Nunez managed a staggering 1.2.

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Nunez was making more shots per 90, with a 3.9 compared to Manes’ 3.1.

But he also posted more assists, with four compared to Manes’ total of just two.

Nunez also beat the 30-year-old when it came to odds per 90, at 1.4 to 1.3.

His role as a central striker could suit Klopp’s new look Liverpool with Luis Diaz.

After the Colombian’s arrival in January, Mane was often moved from the left flank to the centre.

Playing through the middle could fit Nunez more naturally than Liverpool’s current No10.

Reports in Portugal suggest Darwin Nunez's move to Liverpool is imminent

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Reports in Portugal suggest Darwin Nunez’s move to Liverpool is imminent
Sadio Mane will leave the Reds this summer after six years at Anfield

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Sadio Mane will leave the Reds this summer after six years at AnfieldPhoto credit: Rex

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