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Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea


Darwin becoming the best Nunez to ever play for Liverpool is a bit like Phil being Neville’s best brother when it comes to managerial success – it shouldn’t be too difficult.

The striker’s impending transfer from Benfica to the Reds would make him the second Nunez to don Liverpool red – after Antonio spent a season with the club in 2004/05.

Nunez is set to become a Liverpool player in a club-record deal
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Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea
But Antonio Nunez was the first to play for the Reds
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He was part of the transfer that saw Michael Owen move to Real Madrid, with his involvement in the deal valued at £1.5million – 57 times less than his namesake’s reported cost this summer.

Before moving to England, OG Nunez had been a strong squad player for the Spanish giants, playing 15 times alongside Roberto Carlos, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Raul and Ronaldo at the Bernabeu.

David Beckham was another he played with in the Spanish capital, and he managed the Englishman’s cross on his league debut for the club, which isn’t a bad thing to have on your CV.

A move to Liverpool followed, which Nunez originally described as “incredible” – but it didn’t last long.

He partially tore a medial ligament in his knee in just his second training session at Liverpool, which sidelined him for three months.

The 25-year-old finally made his Liverpool debut in late November when he came off the bench in a win over Arsenal at Anfield.

Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea
Nunez having a career at Liverpool like ex-Reds striker Owen wouldn’t be too bad
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Having already picked up a knee problem during his short spell at the club, a facial injury was almost next on the list of notable knocks since arriving in England.

“It’s funny, I remember my first touch against Arsenal. I was trying to touch the ball for a bit long and then run down the right wing,” Nunez revealed in an interview with the Liverpool Echo in 2018.

“I tried to do it to Patrick Vieira. He just put his arm around me – phew!

“I found him so strong. I thought, ‘Okay, English football is going to be tough’.”

Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea
Playing against a midfield containing Vieira and Cesc Fabregas is not the easiest start to life in the Premier League
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He went on to play 27 games for the Merseysiders, managing just one goal – but it’s a strike that puts him in the history books, as he became the only player in the club’s history to score his only goal in a major cup final.

He came off the bench in the League Cup final against Chelsea and, with Jose Mourinho’s side ahead 3-1 in extra time, he reduced the deficit after coming in from close range.

It wasn’t enough to take the game to a penalty shootout and see Liverpool lose to the Blues in a cup final – something that happens very rarely these days – but Nunez would end up picking up a winners’ medal during his time there. at the club.

Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea
Nunez (bottom left) is part of Liverpool history after his involvement in their famous Champions League win
Nunez’s last at Liverpool was a Champions League winner, part of Michael Owen’s transfer to Real Madrid, was flattened by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira on his debut and claimed a unique fea
“New-nez” hopes to create its own European history
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He was named as a substitute for the Reds in the famous Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul and, although he never came off the bench that night, the name ‘Nunez’ is already in the club’s history books for all the right reasons.

After just one season at Anfield, he signed for Celta Vigo, followed by spells with Spanish sides Murcia, Huesca, Deportivo La Coruña, Recreativo and Apollon Limassol in Cyprus, before retiring in 2018.

Darwin won’t be the first Nunez to play for Liverpool but, if he isn’t the most successful, the big-money transfer could even be more disastrous than Gary Neville’s fate at Valencia.

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