Liverpool star Darwin Nunez  with Luis Suarez photo

Most Liverpool enthusiasts would have been pardoned if they had only heard of Darwin Nunez when the Benfica attacker found the net against the Reds in the Champions League quarter-final earlier this season.

'I requested that Barca sign him, but they declined': How Barcelona squandered a £15 million opportunity to recruit Darwin Nunez.

However, even prior his departure to Benfica, ex-Red Luis Suarez was well aware of his fellow Uruguans' abilities.

"I alerted Barcelona about [Nunez] while he was at Almeria," Suarez, who played for the Catalans at the time, said in a 2021 interview with journalist Gerard Romero.

"'Keep an eye on this one, he's got something fascinating about him...' I told them.

"'No, he's in Almeria, he's rather immature,' they said.

"And they'd have paid £15m or £20m for him before then rather than £80m, £90m, or £100m now."

Nunez netted 16 goals in his lone season with Almeria in Spain's second tier before joining Benfica for slightly over £20 million in 2020.

Nunez moves to Liverpool for a club-record price, including all add-ons, two years later.

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