'He can go full speed': Ex-Red thinks Klopp should now use 'quality' Liverpool players exclusively as a sub
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'He can go full speed': Ex-Red thinks Klopp should now use 'quality' Liverpool players exclusively as a sub

Sander Westerveld suggests a new way for Liverpool to use Darwin Nunez going forward. The Uruguayan is in a strange spot.

Darwin Nunez was Liverpool’s major summer signing but he’s in a bit of a strange position right now. The Uruguayan is a completely different type of striker than the Reds are used to.

We’ve already seen how that can work for them. Nunez’s impact in the Community Shield against Manchester City was brilliant. He was decisive against Fulham, too – but there’s a pattern there. The 23-year-old’s best moments have come as a substitute.

Sander Westerveld, the former Liverpool goalkeeper, believes Jurgen Klopp should lean into that. Nunez could be an incredibly effective option from the bench, even just in the short term.

“To be honest, he is a player, at the beginning of the season, when he came on for the last half an hour, he made a massive difference,” he told Sky Sports. “I remember the game against Manchester City.

“In pre-season, he was a different player when he came on than when he started the game, for example. Crystal Palace also.

“If you have a player like that, I tell everyone before the game that ‘I hope he’s on the bench for the last 30 minutes’. Sometimes you have a player, maybe because he’s new and he has to adapt still.

“I think, in those 30 minutes, especially at home, he can go full speed and you can see what a quality player he is.”

A new way for Liverpool to use Darwin Nunez

We do think this is how Klopp will use Nunez for the next little while. Roberto Firmino is in good form, after all, while Diogo Jota made an immediate impact starting against Ajax.

It will take time for Nunez to adapt to Liverpool and for his teammates to adapt to him. We saw similar with Andy Robertson and Fabinho, too – and the Uruguayan is an even bigger shock to the system than those two.

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Klopp’s comments this week about Jota being a combination of Firmino and Nunez was telling, too. That suggests that while he does want what the latter brings, we’re not quite ready for it yet.

Using Nunez as an impact sub, then, makes sense. As Westerveld points out, his best moments have come in that way and it will likely be the way to go ahead of the World Cup.

Then we’ll all cross our fingers that we see the best of Nunez in 2023.

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