Liverpool told what Darwin Nunez must do after pundit tips different dynamic to work wonders for Klopp

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp greeting striker Darwin Nunez Credit: PA Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp greeting striker Darwin Nunez Credit: PA Images

Darwin Nunez will force Liverpool to change the dynamic of their attacking play, though one pundit has explained why he could be a massive difference maker.

The Uruguayan arrived from Benfica in a deal that could potentially set Liverpool’s all-time transfer record. If his appearance and performance-related add-ons are met, the final tally could hit £85m.

Liverpool will certainly be hoping the new benchmark is set. Those achievement targets will only be met if Nunez is successful at Anfield over a sustained period of time.

Nunez made a sluggish start to life in red during his first two pre-season outings. Fans of rival clubs micro-analysed his every touch, though at the third time of asking, Nunez showed what he’s all about.

The 23-year-old plundered four goals against RB Leipzig on Thursday evening. Nunez displayed superb movement to outfox Leipzig’s defenders throughout and on another day, could’ve had six or seven.

However, Nunez has big shoes to fill after Sadio Mane was sold to Bayern Munich. Nunez and Mane traditionally operate in different positions, though Mane had played primarily at centre-forward following Luis Diaz’s January arrival.

Now, speaking to Sky Sports, pundit Lee Hendrie insisted Nunez must hit the ground running when the new season begins. Man City won’t give an inch in the title race and a slow start from Nunez could leave Liverpool with a mountain to climb.

“Liverpool fans will be over the moon” – Hendrie

“He’s started off pretty well,” said Hendrie. “I think the Liverpool fans will be over the moon with coming on at half-time and grabbing himself four goals.

“You do feel that he’s a different sort. Losing the likes of [Sadio] Mane, I think they have to have a similar sort of replacement [in terms of attacking output]

“That front three when [Klopp] mixed it up with the likes of [Diogo] Jota and bringing players in like Luis Diaz who can score goals… I think Nunez is a different style of player.

“He could be one that makes a really really big difference for Liverpool. He has to his the ground running.”

Darwin Nunez provides a different dynamic

Regarding how he’ll differ from what Klopp has had at his disposal before, Hendrie insisted Nunez is more of an out-and-out goalscorer.

Mohamed Salah may come under that category in some people’s eyes. However, the Egyptian has erroneously been classified as a selfish player only concerned with his own goalscoring exploits.

On the contrary, Salah led the Premier League in the assists column last season with 14. In four of his five seasons on Merseyside, Salah has broken double figures for league assists.

In contrast, Nunez provided just four assists across all competitions last year against a goals return of 31. Clearly, Nunez’s game is geared towards racking up gaudy goalscoring numbers as opposed to laying on assists for his team-mates as Roberto Firmino once did.

“They’ve spent a hell of a lot of money but you can see when he gets into the box he only wants to score goals,” continued Hendrie.

“I think this could be a big difference for Liverpool. I think he will certainly fold straight into this Liverpool squad. He knows what it’s all about and having a manager like Klopp will bring the best out of him.”

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