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If Jürgen Klopp sticks with his new plan, Liverpool might find their “modern-day Fernando Torres.”



Following his substitution against Nottingham Forest, Darwin Nez was used as the team’s central striker because Liverpool’s new-look 3-2-5 formation suited his abilities.

As a replacement for the departing Sadio Mané, who joined Bayern Munich, Darwin Néz set a new record for Liverpool’s most expensive signing ever last summer. He moved from Benfica for a record-breaking amount (once add-ons are satisfied). Since his high-profile transfer, the Uruguayan striker has adapted well to life in England, but lately he hasn’t been getting many starts.


It is safe to assume that Nez was signed to become a guaranteed starter at Anfield given the sum that Jürgen Klopp paid to secure his services. He has been a reserve in each of Liverpool’s previous three Premier League gam+es, though, with players like Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo ahead of him in the lineup.

The Reds have switched to a new-look 3-2-5 formation during that time, with right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing inside to partner with Fabinho in the middle of the park, freeing up midfielders Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones to push higher up. Since the tactical change, Klopp’s team hasn’t lost, but despite this improvement in performance, it stands to reason that Nez won’t be pleased with his playing time.

As the USA was eliminated by Virgil van Dijk and the Netherlands in the round of 16 of the World Cup, Musah emerged as one of the USMNT’s greatest performers during their brief stay in Qatar.

However, the 21-year-old put on some standout performances during the contest, which caught the eye of some of England’s top teams.

In December, 90Min stated that Valencia intended to stick onto Musah despite interest from Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal. According to that story, Valencia was prepared to extend his contract while also raising his existing $106 million (£90 million/€100 million) buyout clause.

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The Athletic has since stated, though, that Valencia would be willing to sell Musah. According to reports, the Spanish company would be open to considering Musah offers up to $21 million (€20 million/£17 million).

And 90Min now asserts that the midfielder has spoken with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea ahead of the summer.

In January, the Spanish publication Fichajes claimed that Jürgen Klopp had “personally requested” a transfer for the player, with that story also claiming that Arsenal and Chelsea were interested.

However, Liverpool is where new talent is most needed this summer, therefore the Anfield side should definitely be looking.

According to Liverpool.com, Musah would be a wise acquisition and far less expensive than Jude Bellingham. There must be more youth and legs at the park’s center; he cannot be the lone remedy.



After Tottenham’s 21-minute humiliation Liverpool is 9 points off top 4 

Never trust Tottenham, ever. If anyone ever needed a reminder, it came in the 6-1 defeat at the hands of Newcastle.

In an ideal world, Spurs would have won at St James’ Park and Liverpool would have been just six points off the top four.

Instead they were shredded by Eddie Howe’s side, who went on a 5-0 run in the first 21 minutes of the clash.

Jacob Murphy scored twice, as did Alexander Isak, and Joelinton added the other for a humiliating match opener for a confused Spurs side who are way above Liverpool at the table. 5 – Newcastle took a 5-0 lead in 21 minutes, the second-fastest team in Premier League history after Man City against Watford in September 2019 (18th minute). Stop. pic.twitter.com/AgRctZdQYZ

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 23, 2023

There was never a realistic expectation of Tottenham leaving Tyneside with the three points, but fans still live in hope – but that was quickly erased.

Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit in seventh place, nine points off the Champions League places after beating Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Newcastle (59 points) moved up to third on goal difference ahead of Man United but played one game more than Erik ten Hag’s side, while Spurs are fifth on 53 points.

Liverpool have a game in hand against the Londoners and are yet to meet at Anfield on April 30 – win both and Klopp’s men will skip Spurs in the table.

The Reds’ Wednesday opponents, meanwhile, boosted their confidence with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth to leave West Ham six points above the relegation zone.

Predictably, there were many mixed reactions to Spurs’ humiliating collapse:

It’s unbelievable where Liverpool are in the league the insistence of Chairman Bill and all his works that Chelsea are an absolute mess with more players than points we have a situation where Tottenham Hotspur are by far the most sad about the division.

— Neil Atkinson (@Knox_Harrington) April 23, 2023

It’s never a good place to take a favor from Spurs.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) April 23, 2023

I had no idea the government emergency alert at 3pm would be about the Spurs result. — Richard Osman (@richardosman) April 23, 2023

As terrible as this season has been for us, Spurs are here to remind everyone that a painful and/or hilarious failure is *every* season for them.

— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) April 23, 2023

In fairness, Liverpool’s next two opponents are in contrasting form. pic.twitter.com/uHOGs9bccQ

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) April 23, 2023

Tottenham’s defense against Newcastle pic.twitter.com/xldWrJ5kXc

— Not Game of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) April 23, 2023

The crazy thing about this season is that Spurs will be 3 points out of the top 4 if they beat Man Utd on Thursday. A team trailing 5-0 after 20 minutes against a team that lost 7-0 last month…

— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) April 23, 2023

Newcastle are brilliant, have they been all season??

Tottenham is a disgrace!

How did they become a four-man defender for the first time this season, with Porro at the back who can’t defend and Perisic who is a winger? Find a good manager immediately, not Conte’s partner

— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 23, 2023

We know Liverpool must first fulfill their side of the deal, but a helping hand from others is never wrong. But it is clear that Tottenham are not the type to help.

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