'We nearly killed him!': Klopp says Liverpool may have pushed Darwin Nunez too hard with Tuesday's gameplan
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'We nearly killed him!': Klopp says Liverpool may have pushed Darwin Nunez too hard with Tuesday's gameplan

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool might have pushed Darwin Nunez a little too far vs Man United on Tuesday. The Uruguayan got a rude awakening.

Tuesday saw Liverpool debut Darwin Nunez vs Manchester United – but it didn’t go to plan. The Reds lost 4-0 as they used 32 players across the 90 minutes, giving everyone half an hour each.

Nunez played the final part of the game, in all honesty, should have scored. He found himself with Liverpool’s best chance of the game as the ball fell to him 10 yards from goal. The Uruguayan fired it over the bar, however.

But listening to Jurgen Klopp after the game, Liverpool fans should just be glad that Nunez didn’t collapse in his short spell on the pitch. The Reds appear to have pushed him a little too hard.

“It was his third session and I think after his third sprint his lung was nearly ready to explode,” Klopp told a press conference. “We nearly killed him with these balls but he offered the runs – for sure it’s one of his strengths. He was dangerous.”

Darwin Nunez vs Man United

Well, Liverpool threw Nunez into the deep end. The heat of Thailand, on his third day, against their biggest rivals. The Reds ran their new signing ragged but at least he got an idea of what Klopp wants from him.

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And as the boss points out, it’s a good thing that Nunez just kept offering the runs – even if they didn’t work out. This will be as physically tough as it gets, after all, and the striker refused to give up. That’s nothing but a good thing.

Though, of course, we want to see some goals before long. This was just part one of Nunez’s Liverpool welcome – now it’s time to start gelling into this squad and clicking into gear.

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