Darwin Nunez has endured a tough start to his Liverpool career following his first two appearances.
With pre-season well underway the £85M star signing hasn’t quite hit the heights as expected so far.
His two lacklustre pre-season performances against Manchester United and Crystal Palace have not helped quiet rival fans – who have seized on every tiny mistake the Uruguayan has made.
This has founds its way to the media with former Liverpool fan favourite Luis Garcia reaching out in support of Nunez but claims he needs to ‘work harder’ ahead of the new season.
Thanks for the support! 😍 pic.twitter.com/iLyBZjYuo9
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) July 14, 2022
Luis Garcia’s comments and how Nunez can improve:
Speaking to ESPN FC, he was asked whether fans should be worried about the pre-season struggles for Nunez: “No, not at all. What I have realised is that he is going to have to work harder.”
The ex-Liverpool Champions League winner added: “Liverpool play in a different way to Benfica. He is a player who is very clever; his football intelligence is fantastic. But he has to track back, he has to press. In the two games against Manchester United and Crystal Palace he has struggled.
“He wants to show that he is going to be ready to play, with the press, with that high pressure that [Jurgen] Klopp does with Liverpool.
“But after three or four runs he was tired. He had a few chances, but I think it was because he was tired.”
Rival fans whenever Darwin Nunez has a bad touch during any of Liverpool’s preseason friendlies pic.twitter.com/k7LZmzPYTO
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Klopp and teammates show support:
Where rival fans are picking apart every small touch, Jurgen Klopp and fellow teammates have risen to defend Nunez – after only two small appearances in pre-season so far.
Klopp defiantly claimed: “I’m not worried at all. The general judgement [on Nunez] is absolutely nil interest [to us].
“It will be like this, and we all know it. It’s kind of a game or a joke for some people to pick out some situations where a player’s not doing well. That’s only a game from [fans of] other clubs, which is normal.
Fabinho was quick to show his support when speaking to The Athletic: “Things are really different now but it was hard for me at the start with the adaptation.
“That’s why whenever we sign a new player I always try to help him as much as possible. Like Darwin (Nunez) now, his English isn’t very good, so I’m always trying to help him in training by explaining some situations to him.”