Luis Enrique has claimed that Darwin Nunez is much better suited to a team like Tottenham, who play on the counter-attack, than Liverpool.

Nunez was linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham (Football.London), back in the summer transfer window on the back of his prolific 2021-22 season at Benfica.

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However, it was Liverpool who won the race for the Uruguayan, paying an eye-watering £85m including add-ons (BBC Sport) to take him to Anfield.

Despite showing glimpses of his goalscoring instinct, movement off the ball and athleticism, he has flattered to deceive so far, having found the back of the net just five times in the Premier League (Transfermakrt).

Enrique believes that Nunez would be a potent weapon at a team like Tottenham, given the space he would have to run into on the counter-attack. However, the Spaniard suggested that the former Benfica star may never fulfil his potential at Anfield, given how deep teams defend against Liverpool.

The former Reds left-back told FairBettingSites (as relayed by The Metro) about Nunez: “Can he become a world-class striker? That is my big doubt.

“I don’t think I see the quality I could see in Fernando Torres, I saw in Luis Suarez, I don’t see him in that kind of level. I believe that the style of Liverpool does not suit him.

“If he was playing for Tottenham for example, I think he would look great in the counterattack. He would kill people with pace. When he has space to run, he is incredible. 

“When you play for Liverpool, teams normally close themselves at the back and that is where you can see he is not the best with the ball at his feet – it is what he has struggled with the most.

“I believe he can play for a big team, but I don’t believe he can be a world-class striker for a side like Liverpool like Suarez and Torres did. He is more for a counter-attacking team.”

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Enrique’s point regarding Nunez is a fair one as he does seem to have the attributes of a typical Conte striker. The 23-year-old is certainly good enough to play for a top club but it is starting to become increasingly clear that he is nowhere near clinical enough in front of goal to warrant the fee that Liverpool paid for him.

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