Darwin Nunez's Liverpool future, social media abuse and huge contract amid transfer question

Darwin Nunez
Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez could end up leaving the club this summer after increased speculation around his happiness at Anfield -Credit:Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images

It's beginning to look like the imminent arrival of Arne Slot as Liverpool's new head coach won't be the only change-up around Anfield over the summer transfer window.

Criticism surrounding Reds striker Darwin Nunez and his form towards the end of the season has seen a dramatic shift in the star's apparent happiness at the club, with the frontman netting just once in his last 13 appearances in Jurgen Klopp's final campaign.

Incidents such as walking straight down the tunnel in the club's win over Tottenham, deleting everything Liverpool-related on his social media profiles and failing to clap Klopp during his guard of honour in the their final game of the season against Wolves all seem to suggest the star's disgruntled nature and hope for a move away from Anfield.

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So with that in mind, here are three of the biggest stories surrounding Nunez and his future at Liverpool in recent weeks...

Liverpool unhappiness

With only two of the Uruguayan international's 18 goals in all competitions coming after he had been sidelined with injury during the Carabao Cup final win over Chelsea, it's fair to see his form recently in front of goal would've unsettled the star. Having stripped his social media accounts clear of anything Liverpool-related, he's also been on record highlighting where his 'real' home is.

"I feel like my home is when I am in the [Uruguay] National Team," he said earlier this week in an interview with Por la jersey (Channel 10 of Uruguay). "That's when you get together with your people, you can talk to everyone, and you feel comfortable in the National Team.

"My family is close too; Every time I go to the National Team I feel like I am at home. I also like Almeria a lot, there I met the love of my life with whom we formed a very happy family. Every time I go to Almeria I am very happy too."

With the Copa America coming up this summer, Liverpool might be hoping that fires Nunez back into form and gets him mentally prepared for another season back at Anfield but it could also easily swing him the other way, wanting a move back towards South America.

Social media abuse

His recent response to those he claims leave him mean comments on social media detailed his full mindset around speculation about his future with the club, with the star telling Por la jersey (Channel 10 of Uruguay) in the same interview: "From the moment you start playing and until you retire, there will always be someone who will criticise you. I avoid reading those comments.

"Before, I did look at them a lot and it affected me. Whoever says that those negative comments do not affect them is lying, those negative comments that are directed towards you will always affect you.

"I never look at the negative comments on social media, at least now I'm not looking at anything, not even the good stuff. If a game goes badly for me, I rely on my family. When things go badly for me, I get hot, but I try to laugh with my family and not show my son the anger I have, what happened in the game is already there, it's already happened, and there is always revenge."

In the past, comments about his playstyle from opposition supporters had to be explained to him by Klopp in the dressing room, with Nunez admitting he did not understand such chants. He admitted: "They tell me everything. But I ignore those comments because they are of no use to me.

"In that game, the Nottingham fans were singing to me. But I didn't understand anything, thank goodness. I ended up scoring the goal, and then the coach in the locker room said 'Screw them'."

Contract issues

Having arrived from Benfica in June 2022, the 24-year-old's six-year deal that is set to keep him at Anfield until 2028 could now be in jeopardy. Nunez signed from the Portuguese side for an initial fee of £64 million, with add-ons potentially taking the overall fee to £85 million, a sum that would make him Liverpool's record transfer.

The star's weekly wages come in at around £140,000, a similar level to the likes of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, rather than the established names in the forward line when he'd originally joined like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. However, with another four years still on his contract, it's unlikely that many clubs would come after him if he wanted to leave immediately.

With such a fee having initially been paid for him by the Reds, they'd at least want to recoup that plus whatever they feel Nunez had added to his game over the last two years under Klopp with the star having notched 33 goals over that time.