Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Jurgen Klopp cautions Darwin Nunez to “grow as a man” following Liverpool comment

Jurgen Klopp cautions Darwin Nunez to “grow as a man” following Liverpool comment

Jurgen Klopp has shrugged off the language barrier between him and Darwin Nunez, joking that not understanding him helped Roberto Firmino.

Nunez claims he doesn’t understand what Klopp is saying, and Klopp admits the £85 million Uruguay striker has very limited English.

Klopp claims this isn’t an issue because Liverpool has several Spanish speakers, and Firmino joked that his lack of English helped him when he first arrived at Anfield.

“His English?” he said. “Not at all, just ‘good morning’, ‘let’s go’. He’s a kid, but a confident person as well, but not a grown-up man already, we all know that. He has a baby, but he has to grow as a man. That’s clear, but it’s all fine.

“The headline was he doesn’t understand a word I’m saying, I know that. That was the same with Bobby Firmino and other players.

“Maybe a big part of Bobby’s success was he didn’t understand a word I said because he did everything right without understanding! For Darwin, it’s slightly different. He gets all the necessary information obviously.

“We have Spanish speakers on the coaching staff and the team. I understand why you ask that, but I would say it’s all fine.”

Klopp believes Liverpool’s poor form hasn’t helped Nunez, who scored 32 goals for Benfica last season, and that it’s difficult to settle into a new team when they’re struggling.

He was pleased with the South American’s performance in the Champions League win over Rangers in midweek and believes he will score goals because of his movement.

“What is the worst situation when you come in as a striker?” he said. “That your team is not playing exceptionally well because you depend on the things they bring to you.

“We need to perform consistently to our level and beyond and then you need a striker to finish off all the things we create.

“One of the things he has shown so far in all the games he has played is that he gets in good finishing positions, which is the most important thing for a striker. That’s why everybody should be optimistic about what’s coming from him in the future.”

Nunez’s struggles contrast with how well Gabriel Jesus has performed at Arsenal since his £45 million summer transfer from Manchester City, where he has scored five goals.

Klopp admits Jesus is “flying” and says Liverpool must clip his wings when they face Mikel Arteta’s league leaders at the Emirates on Sunday.

“I know City wouldn’t have sold him to any club, but with Arsenal the distance was enough, geographically,” he said.

“He’s an exceptional player, you always saw that. He’s flying in this moment, that’s clear. If you’re not playing against them, it’s easy to enjoy what he’s doing. We need to make sure he stops flying for a weekend.”

Klopp has refused to say whether he will stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that worked so well against Rangers, claiming that his team’s main goal is to be unpredictable.

“For us it’s much more important that we become unpredictable again and we need different systems for that,” he said.

“There are obviously different systems available for us and we have to choose which one is the best for the next opponent or the best for us in the moment. We have to be more unpredictable, definitely.”

Jurgen Klopp cautions Darwin Nunez to “grow as a man” following Liverpool comment