Jurgen Klopp believes Darwin Nunez has eased the pressure on him by scoring his first Liverpool goals when he struck four as a substitute in the 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.
The German enjoyed a “perfect night” for the £64m new signing, who had missed chances in his previous two appearances in friendlies against Manchester United and Crystal Palace.
Klopp felt Nunez was affected by social media criticism of his performances and he savored Mohamed Salah’s selfless streak in opening the scoring as the Egyptian allowed the Uruguayan to execute a penalty for his first goal .
“Mo, I’m not sure there’s a clause in his new contract that’s generous as hell and he gives Darwin the penalty and that opens Pandora’s box,” said the Liverpool manager. “It was the perfect evening for him.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho set up the goals for the former Benfica striker, who came on as a half-time substitute.
And Klopp believes his four-goal volley will change the conversation around Nunez, adding: “We always think if you pay big money the players don’t feel any pressure or whatever. They are all normal people and then the first touch is suddenly not perfect… [they get criticised].
“This generation of gamers read social media, which is really not smart, but they do. All of a sudden you’re in a hurry and stuff like that.
“Obviously that’s the best way to end all these discussions. He’s a different striker than what we have or had, but he’s a really good one.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/darwin-nunez-liverpool-jurgen-klopp-rb-leipzig-b2128697.html Jurgen Klopp says Darwin Nunez eased the pressure with four goals in friendly win