Such a move was a huge sign of intent from Liverpool, who had just lost the Premier League title to Manchester City by one point for the second time in four seasons.
After being such a huge success at Benfica, Nunez is undoubtedly has the chance prove himself on the big stage, and he will get the opportunity to do so at the World Cup with the Uruguay squad.
Born in the northern city of Artigas in 1999 that borders Brazil, Nunez grew up in a poor family where his father Bibiano was a builder and his mother Silvia sold milk bottles.
Former Uruguayan midfielder Jose Perdomo soon scouted the then 14-year-old, as he had previously done with Nunez’s brother Junior, and the youngster moved to the capital city of Montevideo.
Nunez was therefore able to kickstart his career at one of the best sides the South American country has to offer, but the striker suffered a crucial setback early on.
When speaking to Futbol.uy, he revealed just how badly the setback affected him, hinting he wanted to quit: “I went through an ugly injury that took me a year and five months.
“At times I wanted to stop playing, but my family and my teammates were always there and encouraged me to continue. I set out to do that and today I am stronger than ever.”
The youngster netted four goals for Penarol and soon attracted the attention of European sides, with Spanish Segunda Division outfit Almeria signing the forward on a five-year-deal in the summer of 2019.
He didn’t make his first appearance for them until the beginning of October that year, but Nunez finished the campaign with 16 goals in the league, making him the joint fourth top scorer.
That season also saw him make his first senior appearance for Uruguay, coming off the bench to score the equaliser in their 1-1 international friendly draw against Peru.
Despite a couple of absences through injury here and there, Nunez had a stormer of a first season as he amassed 26 goal contributions in 44 matches across all competitions.
Nunez proceeded to score 34 goals in the 2021/22 campaign, with six of those coming in the Champions League as they went on to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
He scored in the 3-1 Community Shield win against City then on his Premier League debut against Fulham, but was sent off for a headbutt on Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen on his first outing at Anfield for the Reds.
Nunez’s five goals and two assists is the second best record behind Mane for a Liverpool player after 10 games in the league; Suarez could only manage three and three.
And Liverpool fans would love nothing more than to see one of their own dominate on the global stage and ruin Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup when Uruguay play Portugal in the second group game.