“He was dangerous” – Watch Jurgen Klopp makes ambitious Darwin Nunez admission after first Liverpool game and fires warning message to rival clubs
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, responds to Darwin Nunez’s debut performance in a 4-0 loss to Manchester United.
After a spirited debut for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp joked that Darwin Nunez was “almost slaughtered” by his new teammates.
Nunez, who joined the Reds from Benfica in the summer for a potentially club-record £85 million, played the final 30 minutes of Tuesday’s 4-0 demolition of the Reds by Manchester United in the Bangkok Century Cup in Thailand.
The 23-year-old made a hectic cameo in which United goalkeeper Tom Heaton denied him a goal before he missed a great chance from close range after Mohamed Salah’s shot had struck the crossbar.
Nunez showed signs of already developing a rapport with his new teammates when Klopp was questioned about where he saw Nunez playing this season bangkok training for Liverpool
In preparation for a friendly match against Manchester United, Liverpool trains in Bangkok.
“He is a number nine who can play on the wing as well,” said the Reds boss. “We will see where he plays.
“But what you could see is the boys were already searching for him. It was his third session (since arriving for pre-season training) and I think after the third sprint his lungs were ready to explode.
“We nearly killed him these balls but he offered the runs and the boys wanted to pass the ball, that is for sure one of his strengths. He was dangerous.
“His profile is a proper number nine so that’s helpful with speed and aggression and using his body.”
Fabio Carvalho, named in the starting line-up, was a more impressive debutant and came close to scoring when his shot struck the inside of the post.
But Klopp said of the new boys: “I understand we have to talk about it that early, but for us it makes absolutely no sense.
“Fabio is here for eight days and Darwin for three days and has massive blisters on his feet, and we’ve all experienced that in our life and it doesn’t feel any different for a professional football player, it is really painful.”