Andy Robertson: Performance of Liverpool new boy Darwin Nunez against RB Leipzig “not too bad”
Nunez arrived from Benfica to the Merseyside club this summer for a hefty price tag. The 23-year-old’s outings in the previous two friendlies against Manchester United and Crystal Palace were forgetful.
Robertson, speaking after the game via Liverpool Echo, was happy for the Uruguayan after his latest display. The left-back anticipates the 23-year-old to score many more in his Liverpool career.
“The second half was the Darwin show which we are obviously delighted about.”
“Getting off the mark and then adding another three, it’s not too bad. Hopefully there will be many more to come for him.”
There’s been a lot of talk in the press and social media about Nunez’s poor showing during this pre-season. Missing half-decent chances in front of goal hasn’t done him any favours.
Rival fans have been on the 23-year-old’s back. The pressure of living up to expectations and the big price tag can affect people severely. And for any new signing, getting off the mark in a good fashion can help a lot moving forward.
Robertson understands this and concedes that Nunez needs time to adapt to the new system with the Reds. And the striker’s display against Leipzig is essential for his confidence.
“He is adapting, he is getting fitter and stronger like all of us are in pre-season. Today will do him a world of good. It will give him a lot of confidence in front of goal which is obviously so important for a striker.
“We are delighted about that. We didn’t have any worries about him. It’s just about having a bit of time and patience with him. We have got that and hopefully the Liverpool fans have as well.”
Liverpool fans’ expectations from Nunez are tempered for now. The Anfield crowd gets behind the team in the good and the bad. It’s important that the spectators don’t put too much pressure on the new signing.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring on the night. The Egyptian is our main penalty taker but gave a spot kick to Nunez instead, who scored the second of the game and opened his account.
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Liverpool have a ton of quality in attack. We have some brilliant players up front who can take the pressure away from Nunez until he settles in and hopefully proves his spirit and tenacity in England.