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Why Liverpool are targeting Matheus Nunes

Nunes stands out in many areas.

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Liverpool have been heavily linked with Matheus Nunes over the past number of days as Liverpool fans have been crying out for midfield enforcements to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s side.

With it expected that Nunes is going to be high on Liverpool’s wishlist, we used Comparisonator’s statistics to take a look at why Liverpool might be targeting the Portuguese international.

His heatmap compared to Thiago, Jordan Henderson, and Harvey Elliott:

 

Matheus Nunes is ranked 4th amongst all midfielders in the Premier League in ‘offensive duels won’. From a total of 69 players. Liverpool have struggled around the middle in recent games. Particularly against Brentford where Jurgen Klopp mentioned that Brentford ‘stretched the rules’.

Nunes would add much-needed physicality to Liverpool’s midfield. With teams likely to target Liverpool going forward Nunes would be a welcome addition.

Matheus Nunes is ranked 2nd amongst all midfielders with ‘successful dribbles’. Liverpool needs a player who can collect the ball deep and drive at the opposition. Liverpool have been one-dimensional at times. Lateral passing coupled with a lack of tempo have taken the sting out of Liverpool’s attacks. With Nunes adding stronger ball-carrying skills it would add to Liverpool’s potency.

 

Matheus Nunes is ranked 4th amongst all midfielders in the ‘Successful Attacking Options’ parameter. Only Kevin De Bruyne, Eberechi Eze, and Michael Olise have more successful attacking options among midfielders.

Nunes is a positive midfielder always looking to penetrate the opposition’s defence. Salah and Nunez would get a lot of joy with Nunes created more chances for them both.

 

Liverpool, at the moment, do not have enough creativity around the middle. Based on the stats above, Nunes would add this creativity to the side and seems like a quintessential Jurgen Klopp signing in the making.

At €50M as the reported price tag, Nunes could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Reds.

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