Pundit reveals why it will take Jurgen Klopp two weeks to work out Liverpool plan for Darwin Nunez

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Darwin Nunez, Benfica, April 2022. Credit: PA Images
Darwin Nunez, Benfica, April 2022. Credit: PA Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s plan for Darwin Nunez will be revealed in the first two weeks of the upcoming Premier League season, according to one pundit.

The Uruguay forward was signed from Benfica in a deal that could eventually be worth £85million in June, with Nunez effectively taking the place of Sadio Mane in Klopp’s three-man attack.

While Nunez is a traditional No.9, that is the position Mane filled at the end of the season when Luis Diaz came into his own on the left.

Liverpool and Klopp will be hoping the 23-year-old hits the ground running in early August. However, he struggled to make an impact in his first two pre-season outings for the club.

The Reds open up their Premier League campaign with games against Fulham and Crystal Palace. And, according to former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Klopp will know after those two games exactly what he has to work with.

Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “You will see very early on what the manager’s plans are for him.

Klopp will have Nunez plan

“Klopp has got a natural ability of seeing a player’s character. And seeing what he is capable of and ready for.

“Some players he gives time to and some players he breaks into the side gently.

“The likes of [Luis] Diaz and [Virgil] an Dijk have come straight into the side. I cannot think of a January signing having more of an impact than Van Dijk. Both of those players looked like they had been at Liverpool for two or three seasons.

“Klopp has the ability to do that. We will see in the first two games of the season as to what Klopp’s plans are for Nunez.”

Nunez scored 34 goals in 41 games in all competitions last season. That figure included strikes home and away against the Reds in the Champions League semi-finals.

That prompted Klopp to claim that he ‘massively impressed’ by the forward and a big-money move eventually followed.

Liverpool star needs time but potential unquestionable

Darwin Nunez has to be given time to adapt to the Premier League but he should eventually come good.

Those two games against the Reds in the Champions League last season convinced Klopp that the Benfica man was worth a punt.

He gave Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate tough games in both legs. And one of the big things about his play in those games is that even when Benfica failed to see much of the ball he remained a massive threat and was switched on when his side did attack.

At just 23, he still has lots to learn but his overall game is well suited to English football.

He stands at 6ft 2in so should be able to cope with the rough and tumble. Nunez is also deceptively quick for his size.

One thing that will help him is getting off the mark as early as possible. That will then ease the pressure on that price tag and allow him to relax more and show the true qualities that he has.

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