Darwin Nunez has been warned to expect criticism from all quarters if he doesn’t get off to a flying start at Liverpool as people “cannot wait to stay their boot in”. The striker joined the Reds from Benfica in a £65million deal in June that might rise to £80m with add-ons.
The Uruguayan arrives at Anfield with a stellar fame after netting 34 goals last season for the Portuguese giants. But there may be a transparent step up in quality to the Premier League which some players have found difficult to address.
And former Reds defender Glen Johnson believes that it’s imperative Nunez gets off to the very best start possible to avoid a pile-on from critics who’re anticipating him to struggle at his latest club, adding he might be under pressure to deliver the goals that might make or break Liverpool’s challenge for the Premier League.
“He’s actually going to must contribute if Liverpool are going to win the league title,” Johnson told GGRecon. “I don’t think he could have to be at his very best but he’s actually going to have some type of impact.”
“You understand what strikers are like? They thrive off confidence. If he can grab an early goal or a few early goals then I think he’ll thrive.
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Jurgen Klopp touched on Nunez’s “perfect night” and likewise how modern strikers address the pressure of scoring following his goalscoring heroics.
“We all the time think that in the event you pay lots of money then the players feel no pressure or whatever. They’re all completely normal human beings and the primary touch is just not perfect then impulsively [it is],” Klopp told the club’s official website after the sport.
“This generation of players read social media, which is actually not smart, but they do. Unexpectedly you get in a rush and these sorts of things.
“That’s the easiest way obviously to stop all these discussions. He’s a special striker to what now we have or what we had, but he’s a very good one.”