'Imagine now Darwin': Klopp saw why his new striker will be so dangerous for Liverpool despite 1-0 defeat


'Imagine now Darwin': Klopp saw why his new striker will be so dangerous for Liverpool despite 1-0 defeat

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool fans can ‘imagine’ how dangerous Darwin Nunez will be by watching the final 30 minutes v RB Salzburg. The striker ‘would have helped’.

Liverpool lost 1-0 to RB Salzburg on Wednesday evening and they came away with disappointment. Not just for the result, either, but the manner in which it happened.

The Reds had the ball in enough good positions to find a goal in Austria but failed. There were decent half chances, and some genuinely great chances but no one could convert. It was certainly frustrating.

Liverpool started the game with essentially their second team. Darwin Nunez started up top, with Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho either side of him. Curtis Jones and Naby Keita then played the advanced midfield roles.

In other words, the team’s best creators were on the bench and most didn’t arrive until the hour mark. Nunez, however, had left the pitch by then.

And speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp wanted to point out how Nunez could have made a real difference. If he’d been there in the final 30, Liverpool may have found a goal.

Klopp on how dangerous Darwin Nunez will be

“Darwin was much too often alone [in the first-half],” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “Everybody dropped, everybody was involved in the build-up but too wide and we could only pass the ball to Darwin in the box.

“He had his moments and nearly scored, but he needs much more support around him. You keep other players busy that they cannot focus on him. So many things.

“Second half, imagine now Darwin would have been there in the box, that would have helped as well. It is like it is – doesn’t feel great, but we take it and go from here.”

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That last half hour was a perfect example of why Liverpool signed Nunez. They were consistently getting the ball into the box and actually needed very little build-up. The problem was the lack of a target – Roberto Firmino is many things but not a natural poacher.

Nunez is just that, though, and his movement in and around the box is exemplary. Getting him on the pitch when defences are pinned back like that is exactly the dream scenario – the Uruguayan will find a way to score.

And so despite the loss, Liverpool fans can see the plan here. Nunez will be a dangerous addition to the team once he’s fully up to speed. The rest of the team is waiting on him.

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