Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has claimed that he’ll help Darwin Nunez to learn about the style of play in England.
Speaking to The Mirror, Suarez has insisted that Liverpool’s latest signing shouldn’t be compared to what he himself achieved at Anfield.
“He (Nunez) will write his own story at Liverpool,” said the 35-year-old. “He is Uruguayan and he is a forward but that is where the comparisons stop – he is a special player and doesn’t need to be compared with anybody.”
Suarez went on to say that should his younger compatriot need help settling in, he will be on-hand to offer advice. But he doesn’t think Nunez is going to need it.
“He is going to a great club with one of the best coaches in the world, players he can learn off, and of course those special fans,” said Liverpool’s former number 7. “I can be there to offer him advice about England and about the style of play – but I don’t think he will need it – he will let his talent do the talking.”
Giving Darwin the tools to settle in
Suarez knew a thing-or-two about finding the net. If Darwin is good enough for him, he’s good enough for us. The 22-year-old looks to have all the tools to be a success in the Premier League.
Rather than physical or technical attributes though, the thing that could hold him back is settling into a new country.
We sometimes take it for granted that these are young men trying to get to grips with a new culture and new environment.
That can be tough at the best of times. But when you’ve got a price-tag like the initial £64m Liverpool have paid for Nunez, things can weigh even heavier.
In order to combat that, it’s brilliant that Nunez can look up to someone like Suarez. His countryman slotted pretty seamlessly into life on Merseyside and can hopefully advise his national team colleague how to do the same.
One thing that’s imperative for Darwin is to get his English up to speed as quickly as possible. But there are plenty of Spanish speakers in the squad who helped Luis Diaz get his feet under the table. No doubt they’ll do the same for Darwin.
If all else fails, Suarez is still a free agent, maybe it’s worth a cheeky little punt to get the best out of Nunez?! That really would set the cat amongst the pigeons.