Jurgen Klopp questions Darin Nunez’s goal-scoring record at Liverpool | Football

Jurgen Klopp is working to turn Darwin Nunez into the finished article (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp admits there are question marks over Darwin Nunez, suggesting he has not scored enough goals given the amount of chances he gets, but says he is ‘absolutely happy’ with the forward.

The 24-year-old is in his second season with the Reds after joining from Benfica in the summer of 2022 for an initial £64m, which could become £85m with add-ons.

The Uruguay international has certainly not been a flop, scoring 23 goals in all competitions so far, but neither has he been a runaway success.

Klopp admits that some would claim Nunez has not worked out as a big signing, and he himself says the striker might not have scored enough, but is still backing the Uruguayan.

‘Transfers at Liverpool are different,’ Klopp told Sky Sports. ‘We have to think once, twice, three times, and then a fourth. We have to be very sure that it works out.

‘I don’t think a big signing hasn’t worked out. Some people might say Darwin Nunez, but he is an exceptional player and I am so happy we have him and no one else has him.

‘It was a difficult first year but he has already scored a decent amount of goals, maybe it is not enough because of all his chances, but I am absolutely happy.’

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Klopp says he’s ‘absolutely happy’ with Nunez, despite missed chances (Picture: Getty Images)

Nunez has already played 72 times for Liverpool, so he has had time to bed in, but Klopp says it is no surprise to see players going through an adjustment period.

‘Players need time,’ he said. ‘Andy Robertson spent time on the bench when he joined. Fabinho took some time for us too. Others need time to settle, others get it straight away.

‘Mo Salah scored in his first game and so did Virgil van Dijk – even though it wasn’t his job. It is a big challenge to get it right.

‘All this heated discussion around transfers and Deadline Day, we have to stay calm and do the right thing and sometimes that is tricky because of the pressure from outside. If you feel that you panic buy.’

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