Pundit shares new Darwin Nunez 'worry' after what he's seen at Liverpool - 'you can't have that'
Noel Whelan has claimed the pressure is ramping up on Darwin Nunez after his indifferent start to life at Liverpool.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 23-year-old is being “completely outshone” by fellow Premier League newcomer Erling Haaland.
Nunez was benched as Liverpool drew 3-3 against Brighton on Saturday (1 October) – coming on to the pitch with just one minute of regulation time remaining.
The club-record Anfield arrival, who cost a reported £85million, has notched just two goals in eight appearances this season across 340 minutes of action.
He was a lively presence in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League win against Rangers but was stopped from ending his goal drought by a series of fine Allan McGregor saves.
Roberto Firmino has often started ahead of the Uruguayan and has netted five goals in six Premier League outings – including a brace against Brighton.
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As quoted by the Daily Mail (3 October), Jurgen Klopp claimed Nunez is “still adapting” and pleaded for patience with the hitman.
But Whelan insisted the former Benfica man is “not up to scratch” and is “worried” with Liverpool sitting ninth in the Premier League.
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “They brought Nunez into the club to counter-act the Haaland signing.
“But when you look at how the two players have started the season, it’s a complete contrast.
“They’re two of the best young strikers in the world, and one of them is completely outshining the other right now.
“Firmino knows how to score goals, and if he continues to do that then Nunez will sit on the bench.
“The pressure now becomes greater on Nunez – if he comes into the side, he has to get on the scoresheet and make an impact.
“He needs to start looking at breaking into the side. You can’t have a club-record signing sitting on the bench – there’s got to be a way to get into the side.
“Right now, he’s not up to scratch and up to speed. He needs goals, and it’s a worry – especially with where Liverpool are in the table.”