'I saw him': Joe Gomez shares what he told Darwin Nunez when he spotted him in the physio room at Liverpool
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'I saw him': Joe Gomez shares what he told Darwin Nunez when he spotted him in the physio room at Liverpool

Joe Gomez says his first words to Darwin Nunez at Liverpool were to tell him how tough-a game he gave him last season.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Gomez said he immediately told Nunez how difficult he had found it against him in the Champions League at Anfield.

“He has a turn of pace! I said to him as soon as I saw him in the physio room ‘you gave me a hard time!,” said the centre-back.

“He is obviously a great player and like the rest of the new signings brings more youth into the team and more longevity. It’s exciting times and it is a big statement from the club to make such a big signing on top of the strength we already have.”

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Decent early signs from Nunez, but much more to come

Gomez follows Joel Matip as the latest Liverpool player to comment on the impression Nunez left on them last season. The 23-year-old clearly sealed his future with The Reds across the two quarter-final games.

Most importantly of all was the impression he gave Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool boss was obviously completely sold on the idea of adding the Uruguayan to the team over the 180 minutes.

During Nunez’s two appearances for his new team so far, we’re yet to fully see that same quality. But it’s still incredibly early days. He’s getting used to his new teammates and a completely new style of play.

The forward looked sharper on Friday as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace. He didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, but Darwin was full of clever running. He also looked to be starting to build an understanding with Mohamed Salah.

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It’s perhaps a case of Liverpool’s number 27 trying a little too hard to impress early on. He snatched at a couple of chances and is clearly desperate to start repaying his big transfer fee.

The expectation is that sooner or later, he will. For now though, the focus should be gelling Nunez into the team and creating his role within that. If he can do that, then the goals will surely come when the serious business starts.

Klopp will no doubt be emphasising this as Liverpool’s pre-season continues. With the Asia tour done and dusted, the boss will have more time to work on vital ideas during the training camp in Austria.

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