Darwin Nunez, who joined Liverpool from Benfica on Tuesday for a club-record cost of 100 million euros (85 million pounds, $105 million), promised to write himself into the club’s history.
Benfica estimates that the Champions League finalists have spent 75 million euros on the 22-year-old, with an additional 25 million on performance-related add-ons.
Nunez’s deal might cost more than the 75 million euros Liverpool spent for Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018, making him the Premier League’s sixth most expensive player ever.
Last season, the Uruguayan scored 34 goals in 41 games, including two in the Champions League quarter-finals against Liverpool.
“I’m delighted to be here in Liverpool. It’s a vast venue, “Nunez told Liverpool’s official website.
“When I arrived at the training area, I was astounded by the set-up, organization, and plenty of trophies.
“You can then envision yourself winning additional awards, and when you come back here later and see the trophies on display, you can remark, “Look, I was there at that time, winning prizes.”
“Winning trophies and championships is one of the reasons why I came to Liverpool.”
Jurgen Klopp’s revamp of Liverpool’s offensive options continues with his arrival.
Luis Diaz, who joined in January from Porto, had a significant influence in the second part of last season, while Diogo Jota scored 34 goals in the previous two seasons.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino are all out of contract in 2023 after helping the club return to major accolades under Klopp.
Mane said he wants to leave Liverpool during the summer transfer Window.
Liverpool has allegedly turned down two proposals from Bayern Munich for the Senegalese attacker, insisting on a cost of over 40 million pounds.
Salah, the Egyptian star, has announced his desire to continue next season without committing to a new contract, as discussions over an extension have halted.
Firmino wants to extend his current contract, but owing to a lack of form and health, the Brazilian was pushed down the pecking order at Anfield last season.
Last season, Liverpool came short of achieving a historic quadruple of titles.
Klopp’s side won the League Cup and FA Cup but was defeated 1-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League final and lost the Premier League championship to Manchester City by one point.
The city has already shown its ambition to preserve its Premier League supremacy under Pep Guardiola by signing prolific Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund ahead of Europe’s leading teams.
Nunez hopes to duplicate Haaland’s effect as Liverpool seeks to dethrone City as champions next season.