Darwin Nunez has got off to a great start for his new club, and he has Jurgen Klopp and some of his Liverpool team-mates to thank for that.
The 22-year-old moved to Anfield in a £64m deal, which could rise to £85m, from Benfica and was quick to get off the hook.
Nunez scored four second-half goals as Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 5-0 earlier in pre-season.
The Uruguay international has since followed that up by scoring in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield.
He wreaked havoc for Pep Guardiola’s side after coming on in the second half, his header leading Ruben Dias to handle the ball inside the box which allowed Mohamed Salah to put the Reds 2-1 up , before heading home at close range to seal the win.
He had a tough time in previous pre-season games and, Nunez reveals that ‘extreme nerves’ gave him trouble early on.
“To be honest, the first few weeks I was extremely nervous, so much so that I missed even the simplest pass,” he said. sports center.
“It was really hard to get used to being with the team at the start.”
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Nunez later revealed how his teammates Salah and Luis Diaz as well as Reds boss Jurgen Klopp helped him settle into his new surroundings.
“But over time, they [the team] put me at ease,” added Nunez. “I had a conversation with Salah who helped me a lot. Then with the Brazilians, with Luis Diaz, who is also a new kid here.
“It’s really difficult to come to a big club like Liverpool and not feel that pressure. And I felt that.
“The manager (Klopp) spoke with me a lot. He always pushes me forward and gave me confidence and I aim to return that confidence on the pitch.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk also gave Nunez advice, telling him to take advice from Brazil international Roberto Firmino.
“He just has to keep working and keep learning. We play in such a way that as a striker you also do a lot of defense. It’s something attackers have to learn,” said Van Dijk.
“Bobby has obviously mastered it and I think he’s one of the best in the position to do it.
“For Darwin to learn from Bobby, but also bring his own qualities into the game with runs behind, to mix it up is good. He can mix it all up and he can defend from the front.
There was consternation among part of the fanbase when Sadio Mane was cleared to leave for Bayern Munich in the summer to pave the way for Nunez to arrive for what could be a club record.
However, the 23-year-old has already shown in bursts the impact he can have and although he doesn’t have the same skill set as Mane, he gives Liverpool an option they didn’t have before.
“Obviously he’s a totally different player to Sadio, for example, but we’ve evolved,” added Van Dijk.
“We brought him in, a different player, different qualities, and we can use them in a positive way.
“It was a good start, but it’s only a start. Hopefully there will be many more times, and we are all confident.
“Scoring that goal was important, but for him it’s the same as for me; the transfer fee is not something you should think about. I don’t think he does.
“He just has to keep his head down, work hard and be important to the club. I think he showed it.
The Dutchman added that Nunez should ignore the hype surrounding his arrival and deliver on the pitch.
“I’m not going to give him too much advice, but obviously he’ll know to focus on his own game and not what other people have to say,” he said.
“There’s pressure on players coming in with a big price, but what can you do? You come to play and the club pays a transfer fee for you.
“You just have to work, and in his case try to score as many goals as possible.
“He shouldn’t watch, for example, what all of you (in the media) say about him after a game. He should focus on himself and settle in as quickly as possible.
“The only way to do that is to learn from practice, learn from the games you play and not watch what other people have to say about you and your performance.
“For me, this is the key to success. You may be distracted by all of this.
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