Virgil van Dijk has insisted that the Liverpool team “never doubted” the quality of new striker Darwin Núñez following his arrival from Benfica earlier this summer.
After scoring two goals and registering an assist in his first two competitive games for the Reds, the Uruguayan striker went through a rough patch for the club after going six games without scoring.
This drew a lot of unwarranted criticism from many on social media, but the £64m striker now has 7 goals in his last ten appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“We never doubt his quality, but obviously when you’re priced like that and the goals don’t flow the way you want, he’s good (he’s shown character) and I think he’s done very well,” the Netherlands captain told The Independent.
“Obviously he has all the qualities of a modern striker.
“There is a reason why we bought him and he is maturing, he stayed patient, kept his head down and played and that is a credit to him and I hope he can continue to score and continue to be important to the group.
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“Obviously he learns how we want to play, he learns what we expect from him, he plays a little bit on the left but he also has a free role in the middle.
“It takes time, you know? It’s a new team, a new environment, a new country, a new language, so it’s absolutely normal that it takes a bit more time (to adapt), but there is no doubt that the qualities are there and the goals will remain. ”.
The 23-year-old striker was always going to need time before we could hope to see him shoot at full throttle.
As our No. 4 pointed out, Nunez has had to learn a new language, adapt to a new environment and adapt to a new style of play, all while having a big price lurking.
The price tag, which could rise to £85m with a number of different add-ons, was obviously something he had no control over, but if the Uruguayan international can continue what he has been doing in recent weeks, he will soon forget about it. that fee. on.
It would be good to see our No. 27 continue his good form when he heads to Qatar with his country next week and hopefully he and the rest of our players in the Middle East return to Merseyside injury-free.
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