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Ward could repeat Liverpool’s Jota masterclass in move for “unbelievable” £44m ace – opinion

Liverpool have had a successful, almost, seven years under the reign of Jurgen Klopp, winning multiple trophies and competing closely with Manchester City every season for the Premier League title.

However, the Reds look a shadow of their success over their current campaign with the side falling into ninth in the top-flight table due to a run of poor and inconsistent performance that has seen them collect just 29 points from a possible 57 over their 19 league outings so far and knocked out of the League Cup, a competition they won last season.

Indeed, the powers at Anfield have competently reinvested in their forward line adding Luis Diaz, Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunez to the attacking threat on Merseyside, however, in the centre of the pitch the same cannot be said.

The last time Liverpool refreshed the centre of the pitch was in September 2020 when they completed the permanent signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich and since have only acquired the services of a loanee in Arthur Melo, however, the Juventus midfielder has failed to make more than a cameo due to injury issues.

As a result, the concern has focused on the midfield personnel with a number of players either coming to the end of their contracts this summer or reaching the latter stages of their career, prompting increasing pressure for Liverpool to spark a rebuild in 2023.

One player who has had a move to Merseyside mooted ahead of this summer is Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Matheus Nunes and Julian Ward could repeat Liverpool’s Diogo Jota transfer masterclass if they could acquire the player’s services from the Midlands club in the months ahead.

Jota joined the six-time Champions League winners back in 2020 from the Molineux outfit and made an instant impact on the famous forward line forcing his presence to compete with Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino for a starting spot and has since scored 34 goals in 93 appearances.

Fast forward to 2023 and the club could repeat their successful Wolves swoop with the signing of Nunes and if he could emulate Jota’s impact on the team in midfield, it would be just what Klopp needs.

Over 17 Premier League appearances, the 24-year-old has delivered one assist, created two big chances and tallied up a 92% pass completion rate in his own half, as well as averaging 1.7 tackles, 42.4 touches and winning 4.3 duels per game.

The former Sporting CP star has been lavished with praise over his career so far with former team-mate Goncalo Santos hailing Nunes “unbelievable” when reflecting on his time spent with the player:

“In one game, he went on a run which was about 60 metres, it was amazing! People went crazy and everybody was talking about it.

“It’s unbelievable when he has the ball at his feet. Nobody can catch him; it’s impossible because he’s too fast.”

It is reported that Liverpool will need to invest £44m in order to complete the signing of the Portuguese talent this summer which shouldn’t trouble FSG too much compared to the £130m the club will need to shell out for Jude Bellingham.

With that being said, the signing of Nunes would be a great piece of business for Liverpool in their pursuit to improve the performances at Anfield and compete for multiple trophies once again.

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