Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Darwin Nunez’s physicality and technical ability, saying the striker’s critics had not given him enough time to adapt to his new surroundings before judging his capabilities.
Nunez, who was signed from Benfica for an initial fee of €75million, came under criticism after failing to impress in a 4-0 preseason defeat by Manchester United.
After his early struggles, the Uruguayan scored four goals in a preseason friendly against RB Leipzig and found the net in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield as well as their draw at Fulham in his side’s Premier League curtain-raiser last week.
Klopp told Sky Sports:
Five weeks ago, when we started pre-season and he had his first game and it didn’t look great from the outside world. Not for us, but it’s crazy how quick we judge people … wow!
Everybody can now see, ‘ah he’s a proper striker’. He’s a handful and is a different type to what we had. He’s very lively and very energetic.
Physically he’s really strong and technically he’s really good, that obviously goes together with being more settled and confident and more secure in yourself in a new environment.