The striker is due to undergo a medical on Monday and has agreed personal terms on a six-year contract at Anfield.
Nunez had also been wanted by Manchester United and a move to Anfield could be a blow for Erik ten Hag, but Liverpool were able to offer Champions League football and the striker preferred a move to Merseyside.
He could become Liverpool’s record signing, replacing £75m Virgil van Dijk, if add-ons worth up to a further £21m are triggered, both by his appearances and the success of the team.
Benfica had wanted an initial fee of £68million for the 22-year-old, but Liverpool’s new director of football Julian Ward was in Portugal for interviews and negotiated a lower fee.
Signing Nunez could help ease Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich with Liverpool adamant they wanted to land a replacement before selling the Senegalese, although the German champions are yet to meet their £42million asking price. pound sterling.
Nunez scored 34 times for Benfica last season, finishing as the Portuguese league’s top scorer and finding the net in both Champions League quarter-final matches against Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp congratulated him after his goal at Anfield saying: “Very nice boy, huh? And a good player too. Really good, really good, you have to say: strong physically, fast, calmer around his arrival, when he finished the goal he was really calm If he stays healthy, he has a great career ahead of him.
Nunez is set to become the second striker Liverpool have signed from Portugal in 2022, after Luis Diaz, but they have definitely lost a striker, with Divock Origi starting, and Takumi Minamino and Mane likely to follow.
Darwin Nunez: Liverpool agree to pay £64m with Benfica for Uruguay striker
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