Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants Darwin Nunez to use attacks from opposing defenders to his advantage.
The Reds forward returns for Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Everton after being suspended for three games in his home debut against Crystal Palace after being sent off.
The former Benfica man lost his cool and headbutted Joachim Andersen, earning him an immediate dismissal in the August 15 clash.
Premier League defenders’ eyes would have lit up at how easily the 23-year-old could be triggered and they will certainly try to upset him.
But Klopp says if the opposition are busy trying to get a reaction out of Nunez he can take advantage.
“Our idea and how we want to think in these situations is that we repay ourselves with football and that’s how it is,” he said.
“I don’t think (James) Tarkowski and (Conor) Coady are famous for talking that much during the game. He doesn’t understand most of it anyway, but you don’t have to be overly creative with it.
“I don’t think the two boys are like that, but who knows? We will see.
“When Darwin is playing he definitely has to be prepared for those things, that’s clear, but when a player talks to you a lot or is really physical then he’s not in his own game and he (Nunez) has moments like that too to use.
“If the other person is too busy trying to distract him, you just have to use that from a football point of view.
“For the Crystal Palace game, if the defender is looking for that constant contact then you go from there and you decide when you start the movement, things like that.”
Klopp revealed he spoke to the Uruguayan about keeping his emotions in check but didn’t go overboard.
“He’s honestly a wonderful young man, but he also has emotions,” he added. “So we made a mistake, we didn’t talk to him about it for the whole 15 days and we said to him, ‘You need to calm down.’
“I think Luis Suarez told him, I’m not sure if they spoke privately but they probably did it over the news and some media. It will happen, but it happens to others too, that’s how it is, you just have to ignore it and take advantage of it.
“A lot has happened for the boy, it’s all new, it was his first home game, a lot of excitement, the emotional level that you go into a game is high, you don’t have to be a bit too emotional.
“The two weeks definitely helped, you can see that. Will it never happen again? I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure nothing will happen in the next game.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/darwin-nunez-jurgen-klopp-crystal-palace-darwin-luis-suarez-b2158776.html Jurgen Klopp wants Darwin Nunez to turn his frustration into Liverpool goals