Rio Ferdinand delivers Exciting verdict on Darwin Nunez’s start to life at Liverpool
Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand has given his thoughts on Darwin Nunez’s time at Liverpool so far.
Nunez was hired by Liverpool from Benfica in the summer after an initial payment of £64.1 million was made. The add-ons might net the Portuguese juggernauts an additional £21 million, bringing the total to £85 million.
The Uruguayan international’s time in the Premier League hasn’t gone off without a hitch, either. In his first eight competitive games with the Reds, only two goals were scored by him.
Nunez has had difficulty establishing his rhythm in Jurgen Klopp’s side for the past two months, but he now seems to be doing so slowly. In his last three starts for Liverpool in all competitions, he has scored significantly in each.
Ferdinand spoke about Nunez and noted how the attacker makes it difficult for the opposing defense to play.
The legend of Manchester United argued that despite the Reds’ frontman’s lack of skill, he is still a challenge for opponents.
On the Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel, he stated:
“I don’t think classy would be one of the words I’d use [to describe Nunez]. I think he is a handful, he is aggressive, he wants to battle, he wants contact, he doesn’t mind that. He wants to run in behind and make it uncomfortable for you.”
Ferdinand, though, expressed concerns about Nunez’s finishing as a centre-forward. He added:
“I just think his finishing and his execution aren’t quite clean yet. He may end up being a classy and clean finisher, but at the moment, I don’t see him as being that.
“Listen, it might be confidence because I’ve seen, at Benfica, when he hit, he hit things clean, but there was still a rough edge around him, but I put that down to age.”
However, the former defender believes the 23-year-old has what it takes to be a success at Anfield. He concluded:
“I think he could probably grow into that, I think he will do it if he takes time, but at the moment, he is snatching at a lot of stuff, but that’s expected from a new signing, who hasn’t had the perfect start like Haaland, who everything he hits, hits the back of the net.
“He has got all the right attributes to be a success at Liverpool.”