Jurgen Klopp reviews Merseyside Derby draw with Everton
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected any idea he has concerns over Darwin Nunez’s form. The Uruguayan completed as many passes as he had shots (six) in the goalless Merseyside derby draw at Everton on Saturday. Only two of his attempts were on target as the club’s new No 9 continues to try and find his place in the Liverpool attack.
A £64million arrival from Benfica, Nunez joined after a 34-goal season for Benfica and in pre-season was compared to Manchester City new signing Erling Haaland, particularly after scoring in the Community Shield in which Liverpool beat City 3-1. The Norwegian, though, has 10 goals already in just six Premier League matches and is well on course to snatch the Golden Boot from Mohamed Salah’s grasp.
Nunez scored on his debut off the bench at Fulham but was sent off for a headbutt against Crystal Palace in his next match. On his return to the team at Goodison Park he failed to find a breakthrough. Yet Klopp insists he is not worried about the 23-year-old and says that he ‘knows’ Nunez will take his chances in future matches once he’s properly settled into the team.
The German said: “No. He has had a start-stop integration. We play all the time and that means we cannot train constantly. In the sessions he’s had he looks really good, but he still has to be integrated.
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“It’s completely normal. I know he had one chance when there was a sight of goal and [Jordan] Pickford was there [to save it], but I know he will score in moments like this in the future, that is clear.
“He didn’t score but it’s not a concern, it’s just the situation. It’s all fine for the moment in that perspective. We fought, didn’t play always extremely well, but we had top chances and didn’t use them. We could have won, but we could have lost, so we take it and move on,”
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was required to make a few fine saves to deny Everton – though not quite as many as man of the match Pickford at the other end – and insists the Reds are showing ‘the right attitude’ despite only winning two of their first six league matches.
He said: “It is a long season and points are really important at the end. Now is not the time to look at that, at the end of the season you can see whether we dropped points or not. For now we are not carried by the feeling of losing points or not. This could be a point that makes a difference.
“We could have lost, they are a really good side and are improving. We are not happy at all but we had to get the point. We have to have the right attitude on the pitch, working against those kind of problems and fixing those problems.
“We fix that with football, this is our idea. We have to stick with our idea of football. We have to fight too, be physical sometimes. We are trying to do that and we are getting there. This was a good example of what we can do this season.”
The Reds kickstart their Champions League group stage campaign in midweek away at Napoli, where they have never won from three visits including two under Klopp, on Wednesday night. They then return to English top-flight action with the visit of Wolves to Anfield next Saturday.
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