Diego Torres, a columnist from Spanish newspaper El Pais, has criticised Liverpool‘s summer signing of Darwin Nunez, claiming that it is a decision which is already backfiring this season.
The Lowdown: Nunez joins Liverpool
Sadio Mane left Anfield at the end of last season and the Senegal forward’s status as a Reds legend meant that an outstanding player was needed to replace him.
The 23-year-old has made a disappointing start to life at his new club, though, getting sent off against Crystal Palace for a petulant headbutt and not yet gelling with the rest of the team.
The Latest: Nunez signing questioned
According to El Pais columnist Torres [via Sport Witness], Nunez has been ‘Jurgen Klopp’s biggest miscalculation’ as Liverpool manager, with the striker also described as a ‘glaring blemish’ in the transfer market for the Reds.
The striker’s lack of ‘cognitive abilities’ in training are believed to be a concern currently, forcing the manager to use him as an ‘opportunist’ on the pitch.
Torres added that Klopp has put Nunez through a series of exercises to measure mental speed, with the Uruguayan supposedly ‘making too many wrong decisions’ in these. The situation has apparently left the club’s owners ‘perplexed’ after the German played down concerns, despite being warned that he was ‘taking a huge risk’.
The Verdict: Far too early to judge
There is no denying that Nunez’s start at Liverpool has been stop-start, but it is far too early to be judging a young player still finding his feet.
The aforementioned red card immediately led to a three-game ban, so the Uruguayan has not managed to find any rhythm so far on Merseyside, and he is also still learning Klopp’s complex playing style.
It wasn’t long ago that Nunez was scoring against Manchester City in the Community Shield and Erling Haaland, who has netted 12 goals already this season, was mocked for missing a sitter – that is a perfect example of how quickly a player’s reputation can change in no time. Patience is required.
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