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Prior to Darwin Nez’s arrival, Sadio Mané’s desired replacement at Liverpool was the “next Luis Suárez.”

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Given Luis Suárez’s prior performance for Liverpool, it is possible the Reds already replaced Sadio Mané before to Darwin Néz’s arrival.

Prior to Darwin Nez's arrival, Sadio Mané's desired replacement at Liverpool was the "next Luis Suárez."

Football fans frequently believe that January signings are never successful. But in Liverpool, that is clearly not the case.

The Reds have, if anything, defied that pattern over the past ten years. Liverpool’s January investments, from Luis Suárez to Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, and Virgil van Dijk, have largely yielded significant benefits as opposed to sorrow and unrealized promise.

Given Luis Dáz’s transformative influence in his first six months at Anfield, the Reds’ most recent January acquisition will undoubtedly be compared favorably to the aforementioned players in years to come.

Prior to Darwin Nez's arrival, Sadio Mané's desired replacement at Liverpool was the "next Luis Suárez."

Six goals and five assists in 26 games may not seem like a standout performance on paper, but the numbers don’t truly reflect his enormous influence on the squad. Last season, Dáz lit up every field the Reds visited, and his raucous energy and never-ending flair made Liverpool a more intriguing and dangerous squad.

The intriguing part is that for the Colombian, this was just the beginning. As has frequently been the case with Liverpool’s prior January buys, it took him some time to adjust at Porto before he was ready to explode and fully spread his wings.

Suárez, for instance, may have blazed Anfield with his fierce manner and skills, but his production was far from that, scoring just four goals in his first six months at the club. But the next year, in 39 games, he would score 17 goals, add nine assists, and end the year as the Reds’ leading scorer.

Prior to Darwin Nez's arrival, Sadio Mané's desired replacement at Liverpool was the "next Luis Suárez."

It wouldn’t be shocking to see Daz have a comparable effect. Sadio Mané was frequently the focal point of the Liverpool assault last season, but with his departure, things will alter, and Daz might profit from that. Additionally, the Colombian underperformed by about 1.50 goals during the previous campaign, with a total of 7.52 xG.

That hasn’t been the case for Daz in prior Liga NOS campaigns with Porto, where the Colombian has routinely been able to complete challenging long-range finishes and outperform his predicted goals. Given that this has been a long-standing pattern, it is reasonable to anticipate that he will follow suit in Liverpool.

D’az already showed promise in the preseason matchup with Manchester United by launching two potent shots that nearly found the back of the net. This could become a staple of his game moving forward. D’az has all he needs to make a splash next season after settling into life at Anfield. Darwin Néz might not even be necessary for Liverpool to replace Mané’s goals; D’az by himself might be sufficient.

 

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