Liverpool set to make first bonus payment for Nunez after role in Rangers win

Liverpool are set to make the first bonus payment to Benfica after Darwin Nunez's starring role in the 7-1 thumping over Rangers.

The Uruguayan ace, 23, joined the Reds in the summer transfer window for a club-record deal, that could eventually rise to an eye-watering £85million. Vice-skipper Virgil van Dijk is the record-holder at present, following his £75m switch from Southampton in January 2018, but Nunez is seemingly already on his way to eclipsing the Rolls-Royce defender.

Bagging an important third goal as Jurgen Klopp's side rallied in sensational fashion to overcome Rangers, Nunez's Champions League outing triggered the first bonus payment to former side Benfica.

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According to Portuguese periodical A Bola, the first of Nunez's add-on clauses was a downpayment following his 10th appearance for the club, which came away at Ibrox on Wednesday evening. Consequently, a fee of £4m is now due to Benfica.

The report also claims Liverpool only paid £65m of the striker's mind-boggling transfer fee up-front, leaving £20m to be made up from individual and team-based bonuses. The Premier League giants will owe £8.5m when Nunez reaches 60 appearances.

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Despite netting on his Premier League debut at Fulham, it's been a slow adjustment to English football for Nunez. The Primera Liga's top scorer was sent off for headbutting Crystal Palace centre-back Joachim Anderson on his second top-flight outing, suffering a three-match suspension.

The Uruguay international was forced to watch from the stands as Liverpool faltered against arch-rivals Manchester United, romped to victory over Bournemouth and bagged a late winner against Newcastle.

Returning for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, Nunez was then hauled from the field after 80 minutes, as the Reds looked to maintain their dominance over their scouse counterparts. And he played just 60 seconds of the 3-3 home draw with Brighton.

Nunez was reinstated to the starting XI against Arsenal on Sunday and replayed Klopp's faith by netting the first equalising goal – though the Reds ultimately fell to defeat. Also notching in the 7-1 victory over Rangers, Nunez has now struck in back-to-back matches for the first time as a Liverpool player.

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