Fabrizio Romano has given insight into how Liverpool’s coaching staff have played a part in turning Darwin Nunez’s form around this campaign.
The Uruguay international joined the Reds in the summer from SL Benfica for a fee of up to €100m with bonuses. He scored as a substitute on his competitive debut for the club in the 2-1 FA Community Shield win over Manchester City in July.
Things seemed to be going well for him until his red card in the Reds’ 1-1 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace on August 16. Including the draw against the Eagles, Nunez went on a run where he scored just once in six games for the Reds.
However, the centre-forward has scored seven times and provided one assist in his last 10 games for liverpool through competitions. One of his best displays in a red shirt came against Southampton.
Nunez scored two brilliant goals as assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders watched his side beat Saints 3-1 at Anfield on November 12 in the absence of Jurgen Klopp. Romano has now shed some light on how the Merseyside giants staged Nunez’s return to form.
In his TakenOffside column, he writes:
“I’m told they’re really happy with Darwin. He’s been doing really well in training, he has a great relationship with his teammates and Klopp’s staff can see the improvement every day.”
“The coaching staff and Klopp himself helped him with specific training sessions, explaining their idea and their system to him. Darwin has now adapted to a new life in England and a new style of football. Step by step.”
Nunez now has nine goals and two assists in 18 games in all competitions for his new club.
Darwin Nunez lifts the lid on advice from ex-Liverpool striker
Nunez’s red card for his header on defender Joachim Andersen was a defining moment for him this campaign.
It was certainly the lowest moment of his short Liverpool career so far, which affected his performances in the games that followed.
Former Liverpool centre-forward and current Nunez Uruguay his teammate, Luis Suarez, personally contacted the 23-year-old and offered some valuable advice after the sending-off.
Speaking in an interview with ESPNNunez said:
“Luis told me these things would happen in every Premier League game, that they would come to me, they were going to run into me and that I had to strengthen myself and not repeat my life- He said: ‘Listen an idiot like me. I really appreciate this message and the affection he has for me.”
Nunez and Suarez are set to spearhead Uruguay’s attack at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.