As Darwin Nunez battles to earn Jurgen Klopp’s trust, he may spend a significant amount of time out of the Liverpool starting lineup
The Uruguayan international was once again left out of the squad for Saturday’s 3-3 Premier League draw against Brighton, according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan.
Nunez, the club-record summer acquisition, wasn’t included among the substitutes until the very last minute of the game, despite Liverpool’s desperate efforts to score a last-second winner.
Fabio Carvalho had been replaced by Luis Diaz at halftime, and Firmino had been replaced by Diogo Jota after 75 minutes.
Nunez’s late substitution, according to Whelan of Football Insider, “says a lot.” “Klopp would have introduced him earlier if he had confidence in him and thought he could score the game-winning goal.
Given Jota’s track record of scoring, it’s not surprising that he believed he had better options.
“Nunez is still learning the game in England, and the red card and suspension have really hurt him. The manager will keep it in the back of his mind, and it will take some time for him to earn Klopp’s trust. He was definitely furious about it.
The record’s signing, Nunez, will require some adjustment time. But until he becomes a regular starter, it can take some time.
Nunez has made seven appearances in all competitions, but he has only started two games for Liverpool since his arrival.
Two goals and one assist have been produced by his 240 minutes of play, but none have been produced since the Premier League season began on August 6.
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