The Reds and Manchester City were both keen on signing the Sporting Lisbon man during the summer of 2022 but Wolves completed an eye-catching deal for the young midfielder, with the Old Gold paying a club-record £38m to bring him to the Premier League.
However, a string of poor performances under Bruno Lage, Steve Davis and now Lopetegui have meant that the Portugal international has so far failed to live up to his price tag, although he could be offered a way out of Molineux in 2023.
According to The Telegraph, Jurgen Klopp’s side could return for a deal for the 23-year-old this month, although it is expected that he wouldn’t make the move to Anfield until the end of the season.
The report claims that Liverpool would pay around £44m for his services, meaning that Wolves could turn a quick profit on a player who has struggled to live up to the expectations he set with his performances in Portugal.
So far this season, Nunes has made 14 appearances in the top flight, in which he has contributed no goals and just one assist, averaging a disappointing 6.45 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This ranks him as the 12th-best performer from Lopetegui’s current squad and while you would expect a player to take some time to adapt to the demands of Premier League football, it seems clear that Nunes has been far from good enough so far this campaign.
It was hoped that Nunes could provide a new-found energy and attacking threat in Wolves’ midfield but he has only added to their woes in front of goal, ranking eighth for shots, fifth for key passes and sixth for dribbles per game in Lopetegui’s squad.
New recruits are a must in January if the Old Gold are to distance themselves from a relegation battle and the opportunity to turn a profit on Nunes is surely too good an opportunity to pass up, especially if the money can be used on new players this month.
Therefore, Lopetegui should seize this golden opportunity to amend the mistake made by former boss Lage in 2022, as Nunes’ performances thus far have done little to justify his club-record fee.