Jurgen Klopp reassures Darwin Nunez after a difficult start to his career with Liverpool | Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has held talks with Darwin Nunez about the striker’s difficult start at Liverpool and assured the Uruguay international that his acclimatization has been hampered by the team’s asymmetric form.

Núñez has started twice since then Signature from Benfica This summer for £64m rising to a potential club – a record £85m. He scored in his first two matches with Liverpool, Against Manchester City in the Community Shield And the On the opening day of the English Premier League season in Fulhamonly to collect a three-match ban for violent behavior in his first appearance when Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen headbutted.

Nunez has been on the bench for the past three games and Club Diogo Jota has given him a kiss In the draw with Brighton on SaturdayWhen Liverpool lost points for the fifth time in seven league matches.

Before a crucial stage of the season, as Liverpool host Rangers in Champions League On Tuesday and visiting league leaders Arsenal on Sunday, Klopp reassured the 23-year-old that his time would come.

The Liverpool The manager said: “He’s good. Of course he’s still adapting. New players come in and everyone talks about them and he wants them to shine right away; that happens from time to time and sometimes it doesn’t.

“Just yesterday we had long conversations with him through [the assistant manager] Babe Linders, because my Portuguese is no better. We just told him we’re really calm. It’s really important in our situation that he doesn’t seem to be anxious or anything else.

“He didn’t start at the weekend because he came back from the internationals and he had a hamstring problem. When you get that information from the medical department it gives you an idea of ​​what kind of minutes he is allowed to play in, you don’t start with anyone who is allowed to play for Only 15 or 20 minutes. Of course, the three-game suspension didn’t help him, but that’s about it.

“The team doesn’t fly and that makes it not easy for the striker, especially for the striker.

“It’s not that we don’t create chances, but it’s not like everything clicks and we put one player and finish our situation. It’s not our situation at the moment as much as I would like it to be.”

Liverpool's Darwin Nunez leaves the field after being sent off while Liverpool's James Milner looks on in the Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
Darwin Nunez (left) was sent off on his debut for headbutting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters

Klopp admitted after Brighton match That confidence was low among a Liverpool side that won the domestic cup, reached the Champions League final, and won the Premier League title by a point last season. He says the sudden downturn is understandable.

“People can ask how can it happen that these players are not full of confidence? Do you think that Cristiano Ronaldo at this moment is his highest level of confidence? He has been throughout the ages the best player in the world and now things are not going his way. This happens to all of us. “Last season Lionel Messi didn’t play exactly the same because that kind of thing is really important to all of us and you have to work for it. You have to be really prepared for the moment you come back and that’s what we do.”

“It’s not that we are without confidence but that we are 2-0 down [against Brighton] Not good for confidence and a 3-2 lead is usually really good, but you can see with the first attack he had after 3-2 that it was still an open game. This is how it happens, especially en masse. In individual sports you can probably fight yourself through it but in team sports we all have to do it together and that makes it a bit more complicated.”

Klopp has Ibrahima Konate available for the first time since pre-season and has indicated there may be changes, both in system and personnel, in an attempt to fix the defensive flaws that have plagued his side recently.

“We can’t always start something completely new but if we can help the boys in a different way to defend, we will.

“We have to be more solid, we have to be tighter, and that’s what we’re trying to be.”

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