Darwin Nunez was given an exception to the Jurgen Klopp rule because he is so exciting

Darwin Nunez was given an exception to the Jurgen Klopp rule because he is so exciting

Jurgen Klopp has explained why he broke the rules to spend €100m on new striker Darwin Nunez, after claiming he would not spend that much.

In 2016, Klopp was asked about Paul Pogba’s move from Juventus to Manchester United, with Liverpool’s rivals spending €100 million on the midfielder.

Six years later and the German is still in the job despite going back on his word and breaking the deadlock to bring in Nunez from Benfica this summer.

Now the 55-year-old explained why he went back on his original statement, saying, “When you want to sign a striker as exciting as Darwin, it’s the market and you have to pay the price.

“I’ve said a lot in my life and life caught me later and showed me that my imagination was obviously not clear enough for how quickly life can change.”

Klopp knows Nunez's quality having come up against the forward in the Champions League.  Photo: Almi
Klopp knows Nunez’s quality having come up against the forward in the Champions League. Photo: Almi

Klopp suggested that Nunez’s exact price had not been quoted as before, adding, “Many, obviously many. These kinds of things happen,” the manager said when asked about the player’s price.

“The number [regarding Nunez] You say no, but that’s no problem – I know what kind of numbers are running in the world.”

Whatever it is, it is expected to cost more than former Borussia Dortmund manager Virgil van Dijk cost.

Of course if the forward had the same impact as the centre-back, nobody would care as Klopp once said he wouldn’t spend so much.

Transfers have also skyrocketed since PSG signed Neymar for £198million in 2017, although nobody has come close to the Brazilian’s price since then.

Liverpool fans got their first glimpse of their new signing on Tuesday, when they faced Manchester United in their first pre-season game of the summer.

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