Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the best way Darwin Nunez can dispel scrutiny about his price tag is by scoring goals.
The Reds boss said the Uruguay international, who joined this summer in what could be a club-record £85million move from Benfica, would not be a “normal human being” if he did not feel some pressure associated with the fee.
There had been some criticism on social media after the 23-year-old did not score in two 30-minute appearances in Liverpool’s first two pre-season friendlies in Thailand and Singapore but Nunez rectified that with four goals as a second-half substitute in the 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig.
“We always think that if you pay a lot of money then the players feel no pressure or whatever,” said Klopp.
“They are all completely normal human beings and (when) the first touch is not perfect then all of a sudden…
“This generation of players read social media, which is really not smart, but they do. All of a sudden you get in a rush and these kinds of things.
“That’s (scoring) the best way obviously to stop all these discussions. He’s a different striker to what we have or what we had, but he’s a really good one.”
Speaking after Nunez’s bad miss against Manchester United, former Liverpool legend Luis Garcia urged the Uruguay international to “work harder”.
When asked if Liverpool supporters should be concerned by Nunez, Garcia told ESPN: “No, not at all. What I have realised is that he is going to have to work harder. Liverpool play in a different way to Benfica. He is a player who is very clever; his football intelligence is fantastic. But he has to track back, he has to press.
“In the two games against Manchester United and Crystal Palace he has struggled. He wants to show that he is going to be ready to play, with the press, with that high pressure that Klopp does with Liverpool.
“But after three or four runs he was tired. He had a few chances, but I think it was because he was tired. He only had three [training] sessions, then into the game with Manchester United. He had ten sessions then faced Crystal Palace, but only played 30 minutes.
“I think his movements, the way that he plays will give [Liverpool] a lot. But they need to wait. He needs to be physically ready.”
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