Darwin Nunez continues Jurgen Klopp’s favourite problem despite three Liverpool exits

How many teams can lay claim to being stronger despite allowing players who scored a combined 39 goals to leave?

Liverpool may have raised more than a few eyebrows when they sanctioned Sadio Mane’s exit this summer. A prominent figure for the past few years, Mane made a huge contribution last season scoring 23 times in all competitions.

Only Mo Salah netted more than the Senegal international. But Jurgen Klopp was happy to allow Mane to move to Bayern Munich, as he continues with a light reset of this Liverpool team.

Similarly, Takumi Minamino may not have contributed much in the Premier League but he still netted double figures last term in all competitions. His sale to Monaco was less of a surprise but still saw the ranks depleted.

And although Divock Origi’s exit was expected given his contract was nearing its expiry, the Belgian cult hero still registered six goals last term prior to his AC Milan switch.

Add it all up and it amounts to three players who made a sizeable contribution to the Reds’ scoring charts not just last term but in their years of service to the club.

Of course there is still a stupendous amount of quality within the Reds’ ranks. Salah has just signed a bumper new deal and shows no sign of slowing down. Diogo Jota has also proven to be a crucial addition since moving from Wolves whilst Luis Diaz is likely to have benefitted from a full pre-season after starring ever since his January arrival.

Let’s not forget Roberto Firmino either. The long-serving Brazilian may not be a guaranteed starter any more but he still offers plenty to the team and was another to hit double figures last season.

Jurgen Klopp sanctioned Sadio Mane’s exit to Bayern Munich earlier this summer

And let’s not forget the brand new additions added into the mix. Darwin Nunez arrives with a big reputation and a huge transfer price tag to boot. But the early signs are promising.

Add in Fabio Carvalho, who dazzled for Fulham in their waltz to the Championship title last term, and suddenly Liverpool have an array of attacking options. You could suggest they are even stronger than last term, despite the aforementioned loss of almost 40 goals.

Klopp, preparing the side for Saturday’s Premier League opener away at Fulham, gave little away as to whether Nunez will start at Craven Cottage.

New arrival Danwin Nunez is part of an exciting array of forward options at Anfield

Given the raft of options, it could be sometime before he works out his strongest side.

Klopp said: “Darwin is ready. Does that mean he has to start? I don’t know. It’s not about that.

“We obviously have still different options and that’s what we’ll use, and Darwin needs time to get used to a lot of things but he is already a real help. He had already an impact, he scored in the first final (Community Shield) we could play, so that’s fine.

“And the work will not stop here. He is in the best possible place.”

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