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Van Dijk pays homage to stellar Liverpool star who is a ‘handful’ to deal with

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By Shrishh Attavar

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk has a high opinion of Darwin Nunez

In this transformative season at Anfield, etched in history as Jurgen Klopp’s final campaign, there emerges a narrative beyond the manager’s imminent departure — the meteoric rise of Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez.

Once the subject of memes and occasional criticisms for missed chances last season, the 24-year-old Uruguayan forward has undergone a remarkable evolution, transitioning from featuring here and there in the starting lineup to becoming one of Jurgen Klopp’s key players.

Nunez‘s journey has been emblematic of the resilience and growth fostered within the Liverpool ranks. This season, he has not only silenced critics but has become a pivotal figure in the Reds’ quest for success across various competitions. His statistical contribution speaks volumes, with an impressive tally of 11 goals and ten assists in 33 appearances across all competitions, highlighting his newfound influence on the pitch.

Van Dijk pays homage to stellar Liverpool star who is a 'handful' to deal with.
Captain VVD with Darwin Nunez.

While Liverpool have been characterised by their collective strength, the teammates have consistently rallied behind Nunez, recognising his potential and the challenges he poses to opponents. Virgil van Dijk recently shed light on Nunez’s qualities in an interview with Men in Blazers.

“Listen, Darwin in my opinion is a handful for any, any defender,”

“He keeps running, he’s direct, he’s fast, he can jump, he can do everything as a modern day striker. It’s very difficult to play against him.”

VVD on Darwin

Van Dijk portrayed Nunez as a daunting proposition for defenders, articulating the difficulties they face when tasked with countering the Uruguayan forward. His assessment underscored Nunez’s multifaceted skill set — relentless running, direct style of play, speed, and versatility as a modern-day striker.

The Dutch defender’s words painted a vivid picture of Nunez’s impact on the field, positioning him as a genuine nightmare for defenders. Moreover, apart from being just a direct goalscorer, he has a newfound style of play in setting his teammates up as well, making him an all-round striker.

Van Dijk pays homage to stellar Liverpool star who is a 'handful' to deal with.

Beyond the individual accolades, Nunez’s ascent symbolizes Liverpool’s ability to nurture talent and adapt to the evolving dynamics in football. As the club navigates through pivotal moments in Klopp’s farewell season, the emergence of players like Nunez certainly adds layers of excitement and anticipation. It’s surely a testament to the ethos ingrained within Liverpool which is a commitment to player development, resilience, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence.

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Players like Darwin will certainly play a key role in helping Klopp’s last season at Anfield become a memorable one, potentially winning all silverware involved. Becase as we saw against Chelsea last night, the Uruguayan can be a handful even without scoring every opportunity.