Trent Alexander-Arnold has joined in with the excited Liverpool fans who are welcoming Darwin Nunez to the club. Nunez has been officially unveiled as the Reds’ first summer signing after Liverpool agreed to pay Benfica a fee which is set to reach a club-record £85million.
The 22-year-old striker has signed a “long-term” contract with Liverpool, understood to be six years, and will wear the No27 shirt next season. He arrives on the back of 48 goals across 85 appearances in all competitions for Benfica and will eclipse Virgil van Dijk, who cost £75m from Southampton, as the club’s record signing once performance-related add-ons are met.
Liverpool beat a number of competitors to Nunez’s signature and his arrival can be seen as a reply to Manchester City, who landed Erling Haaland in a £51million transfer from Borussia Dortmund. The transfer comes just four days into the summer transfer window and is hugely exciting for Liverpool fans, including right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has posted a message to Nunez on Twitter.
“Welcome to Liverpool! @Darwinn99 How may I assist you?” Alexander-Arnold wrote alongside a picture of the Uruguay international in his new club’s kit. Alexander-Arnold picked up 12 assists in the Premier League last season to place him second in the league, behind only team-mate Mohamed Salah, who got 13.
“He is as excited by us as we are by him, which makes for a great relationship, when you appreciate each other’s strengths. That is certainly the case here. He thinks we suit him and we believe he is the right fit for us – so let’s do it.
“He has all the pieces we look for. He can set a tempo, he brings energy, he can threaten space from central and wide areas. He is aggressive and dynamic with his movement.
“He plays without fear, he’s powerful. I know he will excite our supporters. It’s important we all recognise we are getting a ‘work in progress’ with Darwin. He recognises that himself, for sure. I love how much focus and humility he has.”