Darwin Nunez has admitted he ‘doesn’t understand’ Jurgen Klopp’s team talks and needs the club’s Spanish and Portuguese-speaking stars to help play translator.
The Liverpool striker only arrived at the club over the summer and made an excellent start to life at Anfield with two goals and an assist in his first two matches of the season.
Much was made of his goal in Liverpool’s Community Shield victory over Man City, a game in which Erling Haaland failed to make an impact – but the fortunes of the strikers have since dramatically switched.
Liverpool’s record £85million signing has struggled for goals since, with a three-match ban and an injury disrupting his ability to settle at the club.
The 23-year-old has all of the tools needed to be a success on Merseyside but, for now, he admits he’s a little bit too reliant on his Spanish-speaking teammates.
Nunez spoke to the Spanish media around the Reds’ Champions League group stage win over Rangers, where the striker performed well but again drew a blank in front of goal.
Asked about Klopp’s game plan, Nunez was quoted by newspaper El Pais as saying: “The truth is that sincerely in his talks I do not understand anything.
Nunez then clarified: “Afterwards I ask my teammates what he says.
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“But I think he is very clear about his game, he asks us to do simple things, not to be afraid to play, to be confident.
“And then when it’s time to lose the ball, he wants us to press. That’s what he always asks.”
It appears Thiago may be playing another important role at the club other than being Liverpool’s midfield creative maestro, with the Spaniard seen in an embrace with Nunez after the win over Rangers – perhaps hinting at his role in helping the new man settle.
And, after Nunez’s two years with Benfica, it appears Liverpool’s Portuguese-speaking players staff are also lending a hand to break the language barrier.
Asked about how he’s adapting to life in England, he added: “Sometimes I feel a little indecisive, I don’t feel confident at all, but as training sessions go by, matches [it will increase].
“The coach himself always gives me confidence, like Pepe [Pepijn Ljinders] and Vitor [Matos], than the Portuguese [speaking players] who always translate for me, then I have my colleagues who talk to me and tell me to be calm.
“When they talk to me I stay calmer because I know that if I do something wrong, they will always back me up.”