Despite outside perceptions of Darwin Nunez’s first few weeks as a Liverpool player, Jurgen Klopp is said to be ‘more than happy’ with his candidacy so far.
There was an eerie feeling when Nunez took to Twitter after his second outing for the Reds against Crystal Palace.
Accompanying a series of in-game photos was a word. Resiliencewhich requires little translation, was associated with a shh emoji.
It was about how modern players consume more crits than their predecessors; Nunez had just taken his minutes tally on the pitch for his new club to just over an hour, but the scrutiny was wild.
Resilience ? pic.twitter.com/e90QJAdpc7
— Darwin Núñez (@Darwinn99) July 15, 2022
A compelling case can be made for footballers who avoid social media altogether, but for the same reason that millions more are glued to Twitter and Instagram, it apparently can’t be avoided.
But according to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Klopp’s assessment of Nunez’s Liverpool debut is very different from those online ‘fan’ sections.
“The reality is that Klopp and his team have been more than happy with what they have seen from the player so far,” Pearce wrote.
“They loved his movement and his ability to get away from defenders and find pockets of space.
“There were also promising signs of a deal being formed with the two full-backs, who were looking to exploit his pace and power behind.”
That should come as no surprise, as Nunez actually showed some positive moments in his brief half-hour displays against Man United and Crystal Palace.
Understandably, the striker and his new teammates face an adjustment period, with Liverpool barely using a traditional No.9 in the seven years Klopp has been in charge so far.
But there is a belief within the club that, sooner rather than later, Nunez will settle in and start showing the form that won him his £85million move from Benfica.
As Virgil van Dijk told Pearce, he is “one for now and also one for the future”, with the quality deep within Klopp’s attacking ranks allowing him to adapt to his new surroundings.
That’s key, of course, because while Diogo Jota is currently sidelined, Liverpool can also call on Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino, not to mention Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.