Darwin Nunez facing extended spell out of Liverpool XI after 'raging' Klopp reveal - expert
Darwin Nunez could face an extended spell out of the Liverpool XI as he struggles to gain the trust of Jurgen Klopp.
That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan after the Uruguay international was once again omitted from the team for Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw against Brighton.
Roberto Firmino spearheaded the Liverpool attack and responded with two goals and Klopp’s side came from 2-0 down early on to share the points.
Nunez, the club-record summer signing, was overlooked among the substitutes until the final minute of the match even though Liverpool were desperately pushing for a late winner.
Luis Diaz had come on at half-time as a replacement for Fabio Carvalho, while Diogo Jota replaced Firmino after 75 minutes.
“It says a lot that Nunez did not come on until the final minute,” Whelan told Football Insider. “If Klopp trusted him and thought he could score the winner, he would have brought him on earlier.
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“He obviously thought he had better options, and that’s not a surprise given Jota’s scoring record, really.
“Nunez is still finding his way in English football and that red card and suspension really set him back. It will be in the back of the manager’s mind and it will take some time for him to get the trust of Klopp. He was obviously raging over that.
“Nunez is the record signing and will need time to adapt. But it could be some time before he is a regular starter.”
Nunez has started just two matches for Liverpool since his arrival, among seven appearances in all competitons.
His 240 minutes of action have yielded two goals and one assist, although none since the opening day of the Premier League season on 6 August.