Darwin Nunez silenced his critics on Thursday by scoring four goals as Liverpool defeated RB Leipzig 5-0 in a pre-season friendly.
The 23-year-old striker, who set a club record when he joined the Reds for £85 million last month, was ridiculed on social media by supporters of other teams after games against Manchester United, Crystal Palace, and even during practice.
Even though Nunez is still getting used to his new team and is yet to play for his new club in any competitive game, some have already written him off as an expensive flop. Crazy, eh?
However, those same individuals were forced to retract their hasty judgments after the Uruguayan striker, who replaced Roberto Firmino at halftime, turned in a Man of the Match performance.
After three minutes of play, Nunez scored his first goal of the night from the penalty spot.
By the 68th minute, he had completed his hat-trick, and in the last minutes, the South American added a fourth goal to further gloss the scoreline.
What did Jurgen Klopp say about Darwin Nunez’s performance?
Darwin’s “box of Pandora” was unlocked, and that night was obviously a perfect one for him. Jurgen Klopp, said this after the game as per Metro.
“We often assume that if you spend a lot of money, the players won’t feel any pressure, but they are just normal people!
“And if the first touch isn’t perfect, this generation of players read social media, which is really not smart. Still, they do.
“You suddenly you get in a rush. The best way to end all of these discussions, though, was tonight.
“He’s a different striker to the ones we now have, but he’s a pretty excellent one,” the manager said.
What did RB Leipzig say about Darwin Nunez on Twitter?
Liverpool posted a photo of Nunez with the match ball, alongside the caption: “It’s not been a bad night has it, @Dawinn99?”
Even though it was just a preseason friendly, it’s still uncommon for one of the top clubs to tweet another about a particular player after a game.
RB Leipzig, who won the German Cup and placed fourth in the Bundesliga last season, also advanced to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Who knows, maybe they felt a little sorry for Nunez after the recent outrage on social media and wanted to cheer him up.
Against Man City, Darwin Nunez might make his competitive Liverpool debut.
Whatever the case, Nunez will continue to put in long hours and practice hard in preparation for the 2022–23 season.
On July 27, Liverpool will play Salzburg in their final pre-season friendly before facing Manchester City three days later in the Community Shield.