Liverpool could possibly break their transfer record with the signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez.
The Reds are paying an initial fee of £64m for the Uruguay striker, with add-ons included in the deal to take the transfer to £85m and make him Liverpool’s record signing. The former Almeria striker will sign a long-term contract at Anfield with Jurgen Klopp securing the services of one of the most exciting forwards in world football ahead of next season.
There is certainly pressure on the 22-year-old to live up to this billing, while there is also added pressure to meet the expectations of such a price. If successful on Merseyside, Nunez will likely become the club’s all-time transfer record.
Sports mirror takes a look at the rest of the Reds’ most expensive acquisitions and how they fared well with Liverpool:
1) Darwin Nunez – up to £85m from Benfica
Although he won’t immediately become Liverpool’s record transfer should he move to Anfield, it’s expected that Nunez could achieve the add-ons written into the deal. Klopp opted to swoop in for the hitman from Benfica after a stunning season in Portugal.
He scored 34 goals in all competitions last season for the Portuguese giants – including two against the Reds in the Champions League quarter-finals. It remains to be seen if he can match those numbers at Anfield in the coming seasons.
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2) Virgil van Dijk – £75m from Southampton
Having now been a Liverpool player for four and a half seasons, there is no doubt that the huge fee the Reds paid Southampton for the Dutch defender was well worth it. Having been forced to apologize for making an illegal move for van Dijk, Liverpool finally secured a world record for the defender in January 2018.
He instantly transformed the team’s defense and played a key role in the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and countless other successes under Klopp in recent seasons.
3) Alisson Becker – £67m from AS Roma
Having struggled to settle on a consistent number one keeper at Anfield, Liverpool set another world record with the acquisition of the Brazilian keeper. Arrived from the Italian giants AS Roma, he became the most expensive stopper in the history of football.
Like van Dijk, there is no doubt his arrival was transformative for the Reds. He has since won two Premier League Golden Gloves and memorably scored a last-minute winner against West Bromwich Albion towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign which was key to the club’s push for a place in Champions League.
4) Naby Keita – £52.7m from RB Leipzig
While many of Liverpool’s most expensive signings have become smash hits at Anfield, the same cannot be said for Naby Keita. The Reds actually opted for the midfielder a year before he officially joined his performances for German outlet Leipzig after attracting attention.
He was unable to string together a consistent string of positive displays despite having been in and out of the starting lineup. The 27-year-old has just one year left on his current contract, so he will definitely need to improve if he is to stay at Anfield for the foreseeable future.
5) Fabinho – £42m from AS Monaco
A somewhat surprise signing in the summer of 2018, Brazilian utility Fabinho joined the club after impressing with AS Monaco and winning Ligue 1 with the side. Despite a slow start on Merseyside, he has established himself as a key player in Klopp’s system over recent seasons.
Usually a defensive midfielder, the 28-year-old took his game to even higher levels last season after finding the back of the net on eight occasions. Fabinho looks set to remain a key player under Klopp for a considerable time.
6) Diogo Jota – £40m for Wolverhampton Wanderers
Signed from Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers ahead of the 2020/21 season, the Portugal international was widely expected to provide competition for the Reds frontline. He has done that and more since moving to Anfield.
He’s found the back of the net 34 times over the past two seasons – an excellent record considering he hasn’t always been a clear starter. The 25-year-old endured an end to the previous season but the £40m signing is still expected to remain a key part of Liverpool’s squad.
7) Luis Diaz – £37m from FC Porto
While Jota hasn’t had the best end to the 2021/22 campaign, the Reds haven’t been forced to pay too heavily as the January arrival of Luis Diaz has enjoyed a dazzling start to his career at Liverpool. After arriving from Portuguese giants FC Porto for a fee of £37m, the Colombian scored six goals and bagged five assists in the final months of the season.
His form was certainly key for Liverpool to maintain their Premier League title fight, while he was also pivotal in the Reds reaching the Champions League final against Real Madrid. If Diaz continues his electric form at Anfield, the fee that saw him arrive on English shores will continue to look even more like a bargain.
8) Ibrahima Konate – £36m from RB Leipzig
After seeing several of his centre-backs hit with serious injuries last season, Klopp wasted no time in bolstering his defensive ranks this summer with the signing of Frenchman Ibrahima Konaté. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a promising start to life at Anfield despite yet to establish himself in the starting line-up.
He made 29 appearances in all competitions for the Reds last term and only found himself on the losing side once – that was the narrow loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. While Konaté’s defensive instincts were clear for the most part throughout the season, his goalscoring skills also came in particularly handy as he found the net in three consecutive matches in April.
9) Andy Carroll – £35m from Newcastle United
The first failure of Liverpool’s most expensive signings, Carroll failed to meet the £35million fee that took him from Newcastle to Anfield on an infamous deadline in January 2011. Joining the club on the same day that Luis Suarez was signed – and of course Fernando Torres left for Chelsea – he became the most expensive Englishman in football history.
The 33-year-old’s goalscoring record with the Reds was disappointing to say the least. He only found the net 11 goals in just 58 appearances for the club before being loaned to West Ham United.
The Hammers secured his signature on a permanent deal for a fee well below that paid by Liverpool before being released to join Newcastle United in 2019. Carroll now finds himself a free agent once again after spells with Reading and West Bromwich Albion.
10) Mohamed Salah – £34.3m from AS Roma
While Carroll was extremely disappointed at Anfield, the same cannot be said for Egypt striker Mohamed Salah. The former Chelsea player arrived at Liverpool for a small fee in 2017 and he has plundered 156 goals for the club since.
His signing is arguably one of the best in Liverpool history, with the winger having played a huge role in the club’s recent success under Klopp. Although the Egyptian has become an iconic player for the Reds, he has cast doubt on his future on Merseyside.
His current deal expires next summer and there are currently no signs of an agreement to extend his stay so Liverpool can lose him for nothing.