Darwin Nunez posts wordless reaction on Instagram after more criticism following Liverpool game last night
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Darwin Nunez posts wordless reaction on Instagram after more criticism following Liverpool game last night

Darwin Nunez has posted his reaction to last night’s Liverpool game after he failed to score against Salzburg.

Taking to his Instagram stories, the 23-year-old shared a picture of himself in action at the Red Bull Arena.

Accompanying the post were a couple of interesting emojis. Nunez added an hour glass emoji alongside a battery emoji to suggest his match fitness is steadily building.

The Uruguayan looked sharp against Salzburg but still came in for some thinly-veiled criticism at the full-time whistle. Both the Liverpool Echo and The Daily Mail insist that he is ‘clearly still a work in progress.’

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Nunez still steadily loading at Liverpool

Nunez was good against Salzburg. There will no doubt be people who will gleefully suggest otherwise, but that should be irrelevant.

At times it was clear that he is playing with players who he isn’t quite used to yet. For instance, there was a moment in the first-half where his run into the channel directly took up the space Isaac Mabaya was trying to run into.

However, that moment also led to the forward smashing a brilliant shot off the bar. Nunez so obviously knows the right runs to make to create chances for himself, he just needs to discover exactly how those fit into Liverpool’s attacking machine.

For that reason, it was a little bit of a surprise to see him line up in the nominally ‘second-string’ starting eleven. It’s unlikely that he’ll play with the likes of Mabaya all that much this season. He needs to gel with the first-team players as quickly as possible.

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Jurgen Klopp knows what he’s doing, though. After so much early attention on Nunez, the manager is probably just trying to ease him out of the spotlight ever so slightly.

If the line-up here is anything to go by, that will included leaving him out from the start of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City.

Instead, he’s likely to continue to build-up his fitness from the bench.

Liverpool will now return home after a productive week away in Austria. Darwin looks to have come on leaps and bounds during the trip. The real benefit of such work will surely become apparent in the coming weeks and months.

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