Jurgen Klopp urges patience over Darwin Nunez but hints how to get the best out of him

Darwin Nunez
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his thoughts over Darwin Nunez’s start to life at the club over the course of the pre-season campaign.

The Reds signed Nunez from Benfica after paying a £85million transfer fee, including bonuses (BBC).

He has not had the brightest of starts with his new club so far, despite scoring four goals in the 5-0 hammering of RB Leipzig.

The Merseysiders lost 1-0 to RB Salzburg following their dominant win over the German outfit with the Uruguayan international making his first start in the match, but could not replicate the display he showcased against Leipzig a few days ago.

Klopp has now revealed that Nunez was often isolated, and his teammates could not involve him in the build-up that led to his forgettable performance.

The Reds boss has asked for patience to help the striker get used to the new surroundings while pointing out the flashes of brilliance to suggest how those could be a sign of things to come.

Speaking to the official Liverpool site, Klopp said: “Darwin was much too often alone. Everybody dropped, everybody was involved in the build-up but too wide and we could only pass the ball to Darwin in the box. He had his moments and nearly scored, but he needs much more support around him.”

“You keep other players busy that they cannot focus on him. So many things. Second half, imagine now Darwin would have been there in the box, that would have helped as well. It is like it is – doesn’t feel great, but we take it and go from here.”

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Nunez is taking a big step from the Portuguese outfit to moving to the Premier League as the challenge is far greater than what it was before. Even if the 23-year-old has performed well in the Champions League, the circumstances are completely different from what it was in Portugal.

Liverpool must keep their expectations in check for the time being and allow the South American to adapt to the new style of play. After all, Benfica are not as dominant as Liverpool, which means that Nunez was often employed in a transitional system, unlike the possession-heavy team the Reds have become in recent years.

Hence, Nunez deserves to get a fair bit of time to develop into the lethal centre-forward that Reds fans want him to become while offering more than just goals from his displays. It takes time to learn about the new teammates’ patterns and style of play, and we must understand and give him ample opportunities before exerting pressure.

Nunez is yet to have experience with someone who could have helped him refine his game in the best way possible. Klopp is the right man for that task, as he has shown countless times in the past, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane being some of the finest examples.