Jurgen Klopp hints he may bench Darwin Nunez for Fulham v Liverpool


    Darwin Nunez scored in Liverpool's Community Shield win over Manchester City (Picture: Getty)
    Darwin Nunez scored in Liverpool’s Community Shield win over Manchester City (Picture: Getty)

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted that new striker Darwin Nunez may be on the bench for their Premier League opener at Fulham on Saturday.

    Nunez arrived at Anfield this summer from Benfica for £85m and scored in Liverpool’s Community Shield win over Manchester City on Saturday.

    He came off the bench in that match, replacing Roberto Firmino after 59 minutes, but many had been expecting him to start at Craven Cottage after his debut goal.

    Klopp faced the media on Friday ahead of the new season and hinted that the 23-year-old Uruguay international may once again be placed on the bench.

    ‘Darwin is ready but that doesn’t mean he has to start,’ Klopp said. ‘I don’t know about that. We still have different options.

    ‘He needs time to get used to a lot of things. He is already a real help. It went really quick. It was a proper pre-season training session for him, the first game.

    ‘He said himself he was nervous at the beginning. From my point of view I sympathise with that a lot, it’s completely normal. You could see that, but he has settled pretty quickly.

    ‘He’s had an impact, but the work will not stop here. He’s in the best possible place.’

    When quizzed on what Nunez can learn from Firmino, Klopp added: ‘They are different players. They like each other, they talk a lot.

    ‘They are both from South America, both offensive players but different positions. Bobby is an exceptional player. His own way of playing football.

    ‘As a person, yes, [you can learn] but as a player, not sure.’

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