Darwin Nunez has had a difficult time adjusting to life at Anfield, and after another game went by without him scoring, he made a statement regarding Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool coaching instructions.
Liverpool’s season has largely begun uninspiringly. His promising start was cut short by a self-inflicted absence following his red card against Crystal Palace six weeks ago, depriving him of much-needed adaptation time on the field.
Darwin Nunez has made light of the fact that, while representing Liverpool, he understands nothing that Jurgen Klopp says when playing for Liverpool.
After a prolific scoring stint with Portuguese powerhouses Benfica, the Reds paid a significant amount of money for the attacker in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old’s, however, hasn’t exactly gone according to plan thus far, as Nunez has only scored twice in all competitions—once against Manchester City in the Community Shield and once against Fulham on the first day of the Premier League.
In an effort to address the Uruguayan’s recent slump, Klopp paired him up offensively with Diogo Jota during Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League victory over Rangers.
However, Nunez said he is having trouble getting adjusted to the German accent when speaking English.
He admitted to not understanding what Klopp said when speaking to ESPN Vivo.
Despite his best efforts, Nunez was unable to break his goalless streak against the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor denied him repeatedly, and manager Klopp was pleased with Nunez’s ability to adjust to his demands.
“Nunez will undoubtedly have a bright future at Anfield. We can see that,” the Kop manager stated.
“To be honest, considering that they had only worked on it for one session, the men at the front moved together really well.
It was something new for us. We’ve only played for a short while, so our last practice was low-intensity.
You saw what a great striker he [Nunez] is in such circumstances all the time. Everyone could see tonight that this would occur. It’s all good.”
But Nunez has another opportunity to end his goal-scoring drought this weekend as his Liverpool team will have a difficult task against the league’s current leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
It is unclear if he will keep his spot in the starting lineup given that attacking teammate Roberto Firmino scored twice in the 3-3 draw at Anfield against Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.