Liverpool sent ‘anxious’ warning over Nunez ahead of Man City clash

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been warned that striker Darwin Nunez is “trying too hard” after joining the club last summer for what could become a club-record £85million fee. The Uruguayan has scored three goals in nine appearances in the Premier League and Champions League this season, and the German boss will be hoping he can make an impact against Manchester City.

The 23-year-old forward got a goal at the Emirates in the Reds’ 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last weekend, and then scored in the 7-1 demolition of Rangers in midweek, but former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler has claimed that Nunez is looking “anxious” after comparing him to Erling Haaland.

“I think when you look at Darwin Nunez, he has the potential to develop in the same way [as Haaland], but he’s not there yet, even if he’s been a bit unlucky,” Fowler wrote in the Mirror. “I look at him and see someone who is playing catch up. It was his own fault, getting sent off, but even that was maybe a sign of his desperation to impress, to get something started at Liverpool.

“Now, he looks a little bit like he’s trying too hard – he’s too anxious. It can happen, your touch goes a bit, your instinct goes a bit. It doesn’t quite come naturally. Yet the way he took his goal at Rangers the other night, after missing a few too many in the game at Anfield, showed that the quality is there and the potential to be an elite player is there.

“In Erling Haaland, City got an already proven elite player, while Darwin Nunez – and no way I am criticising him here – has the potential to be an elite player. Haaland is actually a year younger than Nunez, but he’s had more time at the elite level, he’s more established, he’s much closer to the finished article.

“And there you have the biggest difference between the two clubs. Yeah, I know people will argue that Nunez actually cost more, but c’mon, that’s just gaslighting. The wages City pay to their striker are about six times the salary Liverpool cough up.”


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Haaland, in comparison, has scored 15 league goals in nine appearances before the trip to Anfield, and he has got another five in three Champions League games for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Nunez suffered a setback as he was suspended for three league games as a result of his red card for headbutting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Anderson in his second league appearance for the club.

However Klopp will have been encouraged by his recent performances since a system change which has seen Liverpool move to a 4-2-3-1 shape.

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