Liverpool-mad UFC star Paddy Pimblett is unsurprisingly backing Darwin Nunez to be a big success at Anfield this season.
‘The Baddy’ has compared the Uruguayan striker to his compatriot and former Red Luis Suarez while explaining why Nunez will outscore Manchester City forward Erling Haaland in the Premier League.
Nunez joined the club earlier this summer after scoring 34 goals in 41 games last season for Benfica.
The 22-year-old cost an initial £64million, with the transfer potentially rising to £85m in add-ons.
In May, City bolstered their forward line by signing Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
The Premier League champions triggered a release clause in 22-year-old Norwegian’s contract, reported to be just £51million, a snip for a player many regard as one of the best in world football.
Most people believe Pep Guardiola has got the better deal but the 27-year-old MMA fighter thinks Haaland may struggle during his first year in English football.
“Only time will tell but I’ve got full faith in Nunez. I believe in him,” Pimblett told Sky Sports.
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“I’ve been laughed at on Twitter today already because I said in an interview, I think he’ll score more goals than Haaland this year, but I really do.
Pimblett believes Haaland is susceptible to injuries and will therefore miss a lot of games this season, whereas he expects Nunez to play every virtually game like Suarez did during his time on Merseyside.
“Haaland is very injury prone and I think he’ll miss a good portion of the season through injuries. I think Nunez is the type of player, he doesn’t miss games, he wants to play every game like [Luis] Suarez,” he said.
Pimblett is on the verge of superstardom after picking up a legion of new fans since joining the UFC in 2021.
The former Cage Warriors featherweight champion will face his first step up in competition when he takes on fellow prospect Jordan Leavitt, who boasts a 10-1 record and has picked up three wins from his first four UFC fights, in London this weekend.
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