Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Darwin Nunez is a unique weapon in Jurgen Klopp’s array of weaponry.
The Liverpool man transferred for a club record fee of £64.1m in the summer, which was excluding add-ons, and Jones believes the striker is capable of causing chaos:
“He is a really difficult player to judge because, on one hand, he’s firing shots left, right and centre all over the place and you just wonder if it’s hit and hope.”
“Sometimes it does look like it, but he causes such chaos and defenders hate marking him. He is completely different to any other Liverpool player in the squad.”
The comments from Jones are certainly on the more positive side, with the Uruguayan striker having made a mixed impression thus far.
For instance, Jurgen Klopp had to come to his new strikers defence earlier on this season after criticism was levelled (via James Pearce):
“Of course, he’s still adapting. Only yesterday we had a long talk. It’s important that we’re completely calm. The team isn’t firing and that doesn’t make it easier for strikers. It’s really important in our situation that he isn’t worrying.”
However despite this, what Jones said seems to ring true in the fact that Liverpool now have a 6 foot 1 physical monster at their disposal – which is quite a contrast to a lot of the shorter and more technical players in the Liverpool squad.
The Uruguayan didn’t feature in Liverpool’s latest Premier League defeat, although his presence and ability to cause “chaos” may have helped the reds break down a resolute Nottingham Forest.
Our thoughts on Darwin Nunez…
Ultimately, it was always going to be hard for the 23-year-old to move to Anfield and be instantly lauded – there were just too many factors going against him.
It has to be remembered that the forward only had two full seasons at Benfica, and despite his healthy goal return he still lacked the maturity and experience of the top leagues.
Additionally, the hitman has had to also contend with another new arrival in the Premier League, one by the name of Erling Haaland – whose simply ridiculous form so far this year has overshadowed nearly everyone.
Unfortunately for Nunez, comparisons were always going to be made, as both strikers are tall powerhouses who moved for big fees to big clubs. However, both situations are completely different in reality, with Liverpool as a team not clicking anywhere near as well as Manchester City.
Despite this, the new Liverpool front-man still has managed to score five goals and register an assist in 12 appearances. These numbers aren’t bad at all, and if the form of the team improves overall then it’s likely we’ll see the number 27 involved in even more goals.
It’s like Jones said – “he is completely different” – which is the main reason why we’ll be seeing a lot more from Nunez in the seasons to come.