Jurgen Klopp spent huge money on bringing Darwin Nunez to Anfield this summer (Picture: Getty)
Jurgen Klopp spent huge money on bringing Nunez to Anfield this summer in a deal initially worth £64m which could rise to a club-record £85m in add-ons.
But the 22-year-old has largely struggled, scoring just two goals across his first eight games in all competitions in what has been a poor start for both the player and club, with Liverpool currently ninth in the Premier League.
Some had tipped Nunez to succeed at Liverpool like Erling Haaland at Manchester City – who also moved to England this summer – joining Pep Guardiola’s team from Borussia Dortmund for an initial £51m which could rise to £85.5m.
However, their starts to the season could not have ended up more different, with the Norway international in spectacular form since his arrival at the Etihad.
Haaland has scored an incredible 14 goals from his first eight Premier League games, putting comparisons with Nunez firmly to bed.
Former Liverpool left-back Enrique feels Haaland’s success is having a psychological impact on Nunez, given the comparisons in the summer.
‘It’s a difficult situation for Nunez and the price tag that Liverpool paid for him and the price tag that City paid for Haaland,’ he told Lord Ping.
‘Haaland is flying, he’s not. It’s definitely affecting him mentally. It’s not helping him get into form.
‘The team performance doesn’t help and under Klopp, Liverpool always play with a false nine and he’s a proper number nine.
‘Liverpool needs to adapt to him as well. It’s a worrying thing but Liverpool want to fight for everything and the player you signed to replace Mane isn’t playing. Firmino and Jota should be playing ahead of him at the moment.
‘Nunez should be focusing on his displays, work on his English and forget about Haaland.
‘Haaland’s form shouldn’t affect Nunez but players always compare themselves with other players. The two teams competing for the Premier League in the last few seasons both signed big players.
‘I believe he has to put it to one side but I remember one comment in the summer on Twitter he put a silence emoji and I thought that he shouldn’t reply to it.
‘He should be focusing on his performance, improving his English and forget about Haaland.
‘A lot of people go at Haaland but it never affects him. Darwin is lacking that right now.’
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